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[mez-muh-riz-uh m, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌrɪz əm, ˈmɛs-/
hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism.
a compelling attraction; fascination.
Origin of mesmerism
1775-85; Mesmer + -ism
Related forms
mesmerist, noun Unabridged
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  • Many observers felt that his results were due to suggestion, and the terms hypnosis and mesmerism became intertwined.
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerism


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
C19: named after F. A. Mesmer (1734–1815), Austrian physician
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Word Origin and History for mesmerism

"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 in Medicine

mesmerism mes·mer·ism (měz'mə-rĭz'əm, měs'-)

  1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.

  2. Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism.

  3. Hypnotism.

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