Definition of mesmerize
- I found myself mesmerized by the grandiosity of it all
- —Arnold Plotnick
- The crowd was mesmerized by the acrobats.
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discovered that the children were mesmerized by a television show
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Experts can't agree on whether Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) was a quack or a genius, but all concede that the late 18th-century physician's name is the source of the word mesmerize. In his day, Mesmer was the toast of Paris, where he enjoyed the support of notables including Queen Marie Antoinette. He treated patients with a force he termed "animal magnetism." Many believe that what he actually used was what we now call "hypnotism." Mesmer's name was first applied to a technique for inducing hypnosis by one of his students in 1784.
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