- hypnotism, esp. as practiced by Mesmer in connection with his theory of animal magnetism
- hypnotic or irresistible attraction; fascination
Origin of mesmerismFrench Mesmérisme, after F. A. Mesmer (1734-1815), German physician
- A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
- Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
Origin of mesmerismAfter Franz Mesmer.
(countable and uncountable, plural mesmerisms)
From French mesmÃ©risme; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory.