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Obsolete term for hypnotize.
[see mesmerism]


(mĕz′mə-rīz′, mĕs′-)
tr.v. mesmer·ized, mesmer·izing, mesmer·izes
1. To spellbind; enthrall: "The dance was subtle ... but at the same time it was sensual, and it mesmerized him" (Robert Rosenberg).
2. To hypnotize.

mes′mer·i·za′tion (-mər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
mes′mer·iz′er n.
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The precept of inferiority legitimized slavery and justified segregation, he contends, and to this day, he writes, "the premise of black inferiority and white superiority remains an essential element of the 'American identity,' mesmerized as we still are by race and color.
The kids were in awe, they were mesmerized, and I was mesmerized and I'd seen him before, and it was like a magic moment.
She and Bradley mesmerized the audience with their darkly romantic pas de deux.
As Heredia approached her, she rose as though mesmerized by his voice and began to shift her heavily ruffled bata into sumptuous spirals.
And the pride in his dolls is as nothing compared to his mesmerized astonishment as Coppelia thaws into life.
As someone who has gone from being bewildered to being mesmerized by Bausch's art, I cannot say I found any of these superlatives accurate.