Mesmerism meaning

mĕzmə-rĭzəm, mĕs-
Hypnotic or irresistible attraction; fascination.
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A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
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Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
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Hypnotism.
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Hypnotism, esp. as practiced by Mesmer in connection with his theory of animal magnetism.
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A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
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Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
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Hypnotism.
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The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.
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Origin of mesmerism

  • After Franz Mesmer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French mesmérisme; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory.

    From Wiktionary