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mentalist

[men-tl-ist]
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noun
  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.
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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

    William Walker Atkinson


Word Origin and History for mentalist

n.

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

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