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Mesmerize   Listen
verb
Mesmerize  v. t.  (past & past part. mesmerized; pres. part. mesmerizing)  (Also spelled mesmerise)  
1.
To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep; to hypnotize.
2.
To produce an intense fascination in; to spellbind.






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"Mesmerize" Quotes from Famous Books



... originality and vision puts all our modern "literateurs" to shame. One feels this directly one opens any volume of his. Only a great creative genius could so dominate, for instance, his mere "illustrators," as to mesmerize them completely into his manner. And certainly his illustrators are drugged with the Dickens atmosphere. Those hideous-lovely persons, whose legs and arms are so thin that it is impossible to suppose they ever removed their clothes; do ...
— Visions and Revisions - A Book of Literary Devotions • John Cowper Powys

... be in the nature of a confession. Last spring, discovering by accident that I could mesmerize, I took up mesmerism as a diversion for the amusement of myself and friends. I had long believed in it entirely and carefully watched its processes, but I wished to study its philosophy and find out, if I could, the cause and the ...
— Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888 - Volume 1, Number 12 • Various

... he means," broke in Mr. Clifford. "You mean that you want to mesmerize her as you ...
— Benita, An African Romance • H. Rider Haggard

... magnetism may be regarded as human forces. Those possessing them, and thereby having the power to mesmerize, may subjugate the will of those who are susceptible to mesmeric influences, and hold them in a complete and terrible slavery. The oftener the victim yields to the will of the mesmerist, the stronger will his power become. There is only one means by which ...
— Weapons of Mystery • Joseph Hocking

... the coachman shook Miss Bygrave he should not have a half-penny for himself. Mesmerism was frequently useful in these cases. Mr. Noel Vanstone's father had been the most powerful mesmerist in Europe, and Mr. Noel Vanstone was his father's son. Might he mesmerize? Might he order that infernal coachman to draw up in a shady place adapted for the purpose? Would medical help be preferred? Could medical help be found any nearer than Aldborough? That ass of a coachman didn't know. Stop every respectable man who passed in a gig, and ask him ...
— No Name • Wilkie Collins

... the same jealousy and defiance which one may observe round a table where anybody is recounting the marvellous anecdotes of mesmerism. Each auditor puts a final stroke to the discourse by exclaiming, "Can he mesmerize me?" So each man inquires if any orator can ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 11, September, 1858 • Various



Words linked to "Mesmerize" :   calm, entrance, tranquillize, spellbind, influence, hypnotize, tranquillise, tempt, mesmerise, hypnotise, bewitch, charm, magnetise, tranquilize, Mesmer, magnetize, sedate



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