Origin of mesmerism
Examples from the Web for mesmerism
"It must have been done by mesmerism, I fancy," rejoined Mr. Meek.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Animal magnetism or mesmerism had been involved in mystery and empiricism.
Mesmerism is a trance and seems to me almost identical with somnambulism.
You know what an excitement there has been about mesmerism in Paris this summer?
I know of no other thing in which there is so much entertainment as mesmerism.
- a hypnotic state induced by the operator's imposition of his will on that of the patient
- an early doctrine concerning this
Word Origin and History for mesmerism
"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.
- A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
- Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism.