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mes·mer·ism

 (mĕz′mə-rĭz′əm, mĕs′-)
n.
1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
2. Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
3. Hypnotism.

[After Franz Mesmer.]

mes·mer′ic (-mĕr′ĭk) adj.
mes·mer′i·cal·ly adv.
mes′mer·ist n.
Word History: Franz Anton Mesmer, a visionary 18th-century physician, believed cures could be effected by having patients do things such as sit with their feet in a fountain of magnetized water while holding cables attached to magnetized trees. Mesmer then came to believe that magnetic powers resided in himself, and during highly fashionable curative sessions in Paris he caused his patients to have reactions ranging from sleeping or dancing to convulsions. These reactions were actually brought about by hypnotic powers that Mesmer was unaware he possessed. Eventually, Mesmer's practices came to be called mesmerism (a term first recorded in English in 1784). The related word mesmerize (first recorded in English in 1829), having shed its reference to the hypnotic doctor, lives on in the sense "to enthrall."
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mesmeric

(mɛzˈmɛrɪk)
adj
1. holding (someone) as if spellbound
2. (Psychology) of or relating to mesmerism
mesˈmerically adv
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mesmeric - attracting and holding interest as if by a spellmesmeric - attracting and holding interest as if by a spell; "read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice"; "she had a warm mesmeric charm"; "the sheer force of his presence was mesmerizing"; "a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome"
attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"
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Translations

mesmeric

[mezˈmerɪk] ADJmesmeriano
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mesmeric

adjhypnotisch; movementhypnotisierend
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References in classic literature ?
The passive quietness with which she looked at him gave her the appearance of a person bewitched--or, say, mesmerically put to sleep--beyond any notion of her surroundings.
And that all came to the surface quite mesmerically for Arsenal's picture-perfect third goal.
"At times [Leinster] were simply mesmerising, mostly mesmerically simple as they dominated Scarlets in very facet of play, blowing opponents off the ball at every tackle and playing the game entirely on their own merits.
First single Waste A Moment swirls with electric guitar, scrambled with country undertones and rocky riffs, Over thrums across stretched, yearning vocals and Muchacho, complete with Mexican style clicking, rolls mesmerically like a slow salsa.
The dense textures of the very recent Be Not Afeard, a setting from The Tempest for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, were delivered with great clarity, Alexis Cooling's soprano vocalising mesmerically above her colleagues.
Mesmerically cycling (and visible from either side), the projection showed a celebratory crowd of mostly young people standing on a nighttime street--cute girls in strange outfits stamped with the number 0, a man swabbing the same 0 onto the pavement with white paint, a group launching an oddly shaped hot-air balloon into the sky.
It was the fourth year in a row the mesmerically brilliant Argentine had been named the world's best player.
THE BEST TRACKS on There It Is epitomize her style and concerns: the jubilant "I See Chano Pozo" honors the Afro-Cuban percussionist; US/ Nigerian Relations challenges the practices of the capitalist West, summed up in the mesmerically repeated line "They want the oil/but they don't want the people"; and "If the Drum Is a Woman" references the title of a Duke Ellington album and addresses sexual oppression ("If the Drum is a woman/Don't abuse your drum").
As the ball fizzed mesmerically around the perfect playing surface, Arsenal s players were left chasing shadows and their fans were bemused.