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animal magnetism

the power to attract others through one's physical presence, bearing, energy, etc.
the indefinite power, presumably innate in some persons, that enables one to induce hypnosis.
Also called biomagnetism.
Origin of animal magnetism
1775-85 Unabridged
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  • The highest degree of human depravity, which is to be found in this propulsive will power, or animal magnetism.

    The Religio-Medical Masquerade Frederick William Peabody
  • It is one of the sciences, true or false, connected with animal magnetism.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • If there be such a thing as animal magnetism, she possessed it in perfection.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • It quite makes me a convert to the science of animal magnetism.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • animal magnetism: showing that the phenomena of Mesmerism are as incredible as the Bible miracles.

    History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes
  • animal magnetism or mesmerism had been involved in mystery and empiricism.

  • They found, in Kaspar, a splendid example of the 'sensitive,' and a noble proof of the powers of 'animal magnetism.'

    Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for animal magnetism

animal magnetism

(sometimes facetious) the quality of being attractive, esp to members of the opposite sex
(obsolete) hypnotism
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