EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism. a compelling attraction; fascination. Origin of mesmerism
First recorded in
-ism Related forms mes·mer·ist, noun
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This puzzled me and the first opportunity I got I asked the
mesmerist the reason.
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
There is but one God and He reigns above, said the
mesmerist. 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 for mesmerism
C19: named after F. A.
Mesmer (1734–1815), Austrian physician
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Word Origin and History for mesmerist 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.
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mesmerism [mĕz ′mə-rĭz′əm, mĕs ′-] n. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination. Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism. Hypnotism.
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