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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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Best-selling author Meg Cabot mesmerizingly retells the myth of Persephone, Greek Goddess of the Underworld, with stunning prose and passion.
The rock-filled basin between the girls and the mountains is so startlingly, mesmerizingly weird, the rocks all so smoothly round, so close to the same size and color, like the bed of some long-departed sea.
Among the outward forms of Rifa'iyah-associated worship was the melodic invocation of the most beautiful names of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and the other prophets, which were repeated mesmerizingly for hours on end, occasionally even for several days.
There I was, less than a year into my position as NRL News editor, talking to without question the single most mesmerizingly articulate individual I'd ever encountered.
In Egypt, some 50 km from the Rafah border with Gaza, as I ponder how Palestinians in Gaza spent their day, as the sun turns mesmerizingly pink-orange and nods its rapid goodnight, I know that Palestinians in Gaza met and lived their day as Palestinians in the West Bank do: with resilience, strength, love, humour, and the knowledge that while many injustices are the daily realities imposed on them, the injustices will end.
It's only fitting that waste gets its star turn in a film about Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian photographer acclaimed for his mesmerizingly beautiful images of quarries, mines, factories, junkyards, and other scenes of manmade sprawl.
What, indeed, would future historians make of our civilization if the frustrating, beautiful, always mesmerizingly strange films of Werner Herzog were their primary cinematic witnesses?
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Many of Neuhaus's thoughts are simple -- some even mesmerizingly so.
On the other hand 'hipped roof' and 'log-construction' were in the list, the former mesmerizingly described as 'a roof with sloped instead of vertical ends'.