mesmerism

[mez-muh-riz-uh m, mes-]
See more synonyms for mesmerism on Thesaurus.com

Origin of mesmerism

First recorded in 1775–85; Mesmer + -ism
Related formsmes·mer·ist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for mesmerism

Historical Examples of mesmerism


British Dictionary definitions for mesmerism

mesmerism

noun psychol
  1. a hypnotic state induced by the operator's imposition of his will on that of the patient
  2. an early doctrine concerning this
Derived Formsmesmerist, noun

Word Origin for mesmerism

C19: named after F. A. Mesmer (1734–1815), Austrian physician
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mesmerism
n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mesmerism in Medicine

mesmerism

[mĕzmə-rĭz′əm, mĕs-]
n.
  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 Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.