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[mez-muh-riz-uh m, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌrɪz əm, ˈmɛs-/
hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism.
a compelling attraction; fascination.
Origin of mesmerism
First recorded in 1775-85; Mesmer + -ism
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mesmerist, noun Unabridged
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  • The mesmerist retired backward, drew the door to, and went back to his room.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • The Jew is a mesmerist; that is all; at least, all that has been developed so far!

  • This was continued for one or two minutes, and when the process was completed the mesmerist was conducted out and to a third room.

  • This puzzled me and the first opportunity I got I asked the mesmerist the reason.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • It was evening and the mesmerist was questioning him as to where he had been since they lost him the night before.

  • The heritage that prepared a native of the East for submission to the mesmerist was not his.

  • Ellen received the money tendered her by the mesmerist, and took her departure.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • But all things have an end: and the deceit of the mesmerist was not an exception to the rule.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Young Goldthred followed as the medium follows the mesmerist, the bird the rattlesnake.

    Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Every singer is his own mesmerist, or he has mistaken his vocation.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerist


noun (psychol)
a hypnotic state induced by the operator's imposition of his will on that of the patient
an early doctrine concerning this
Derived Forms
mesmerist, noun
Word Origin
C19: named after F. A. Mesmer (1734–1815), Austrian physician
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Word Origin and History for mesmerist



"hypnotism," 1802, from French mesmérisme, named for Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), Austrian physician who developed a theory of animal magnetism and a mysterious body fluid which allows one person to hypnotize another. Related: Mesmerist.

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mesmerist in Medicine

mesmerism mes·mer·ism (měz'mə-rĭz'əm, měs'-)

  1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.

  2. Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism.

  3. Hypnotism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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