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[mez-muh-riz-uh m, mes-]
  1. hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism.
  2. hypnotism.
  3. a compelling attraction; fascination.
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Origin of mesmerism

First recorded in 1775–85; Mesmer + -ism
Related formsmes·mer·ist, noun
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Historical Examples

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

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

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

  • The Duke of Richelieu cannot be dangerous to you in any meeting, said the mesmerist.

    The Mesmerist's Victim

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  • There is but one God and He reigns above, said the mesmerist.

    The Mesmerist's Victim

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British Dictionary definitions for mesmerist


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
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Derived Formsmesmerist, 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


(mĕzmə-rĭz′əm, mĕs-)
  1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
  2. Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism.
  3. Hypnotism.
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