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[men-tl-ist] /ˈmɛn tl ɪst/
a person who believes in or advocates mentalism.
a person who believes that the mind and its functions are a legitimate area of psychological research.
a mind reader, psychic, or fortuneteller.
Origin of mentalist
1780-90; mental1 + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She gave the year as 1917, called the doctor "a mentalist," and the stenographer "a tapper," or "a mental tapper."

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • He found the door with the temporary sign saying: Marco the mentalist.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
  • The mentalist asserts that the Mind is the only reality, and that the Body is merely its grosser form of manifestation.

    Mind and Body William Walker Atkinson
  • The bridge is being erected by the Materialists, but the mentalist will be the first to cross over it.

    Dynamic Thought William Walker Atkinson
Word Origin and History for mentalist

1782, from mental + -ist. Originally in reference to artistic taste; philosophical sense (from mentalism) is from 1900. Related: mentalistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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