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  1. a person who believes in or advocates mentalism.
  2. a person who believes that the mind and its functions are a legitimate area of psychological research.
  3. a mind reader, psychic, or fortuneteller.

Origin of mentalist

First recorded in 1780–90; mental1 + -ist
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Examples from the Web for mentalist

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  • He found the door with the temporary sign saying: Marco the Mentalist.

    Brink of Madness

    Walter J. Sheldon

  • The bridge is being erected by the Materialists, but the Mentalist will be the first to cross over it.

    Dynamic Thought

    William Walker Atkinson

  • She gave the year as 1917, called the doctor "a mentalist," and the stenographer "a tapper," or "a mental tapper."

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • The Mentalist asserts that the Mind is the only reality, and that the Body is merely its grosser form of manifestation.

    Mind and Body</p>

    William Walker Atkinson

Word Origin and History for mentalist


1782, from mental + -ist. Originally in reference to artistic taste; philosophical sense (from mentalism) is from 1900. Related: mentalistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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