Mesmerism Mes"mer*ism, n. [From Mesmer, who first brought it into notice at Vienna, about 1775: cf. F. mesm['e]risme.] An earlier name for {hypnosis} or {hypnotism}, the art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. It is believed to be a state between sleep and wakefulness, in which a person is more susceptible to suggestion than when awake. See {Animal magnetism}, under {Magnetism}. [1913 Webster]

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  • mesmerism — (n.) hypnotism, 1802, from Fr. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Mesmerism —    , MESMERIZE    Franz Anton Mesmer, born in Germany on May 23, 1733, studied for the priesthood, then law. Finally he took up the study of medicine and became a serious student at the University of Vienna. He ultimately became a faculty member… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • mesmerism — noun Etymology: F. A. Mesmer Date: 1784 1. hypnotic induction held to involve animal magnetism; broadly hypnotism 2. hypnotic appeal • mesmerist noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mesmerism — mesmerist, n. /mez meuh riz euhm, mes /, n. 1. hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism. 2. hypnotism. 3. a compelling attraction; fascination. [1775 85; MESMER + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • mesmerism — noun The method or power of gaining control over someones personality or actions …   Wiktionary

  • MESMERISM —    animal magnetism so called, or the alleged power which, by operating on the nervous system, one person obtains control over the thoughts and actions of another …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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