animal magnetism


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animal magnetism

n.
1.
a. Strongly attractive personal charm.
b. Sex appeal.
2. A special personal power or presence held to facilitate the hypnotism of others.
3. A theory developed in the 19th century by Franz Mesmer that the body is pervaded by a magnetic fluid that can be redirected by a healer to cure disease. A version of the theory was later developed as hypnotism.

animal magnetism

n
1. sometimes facetious the quality of being attractive, esp to members of the opposite sex
2. obsolete hypnotism

an′imal mag′netism


n.
1. the power to attract others through physical presence, bearing, energy, etc.
2. the power enabling one to induce hypnosis.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.animal magnetism - magnetic personal charmanimal magnetism - magnetic personal charm    
attractiveness - sexual allure
References in classic literature ?
It is what you in the West used to call animal magnetism, but it is much more than that.
You seem to have a sort of genius for establishing relations with people--seempathy, I suppose, or animal magnetism, or youthful vitality, or something.
For her own part, she had reason to believe that he practised animal magnetism, and, if such things were in fashion nowadays, should be apt to suspect him of studying the Black Art up there in his lonesome chamber.
As, in some cases of drunkenness, and in others of animal magnetism, there are two states of consciousness which never clash, but each of which pursues its separate course as though it were continuous instead of broken (thus, if I hide my watch when I am drunk, I must be drunk again before I can remember where), so Miss Twinkleton has two distinct and separate phases of being.
Here our whole party, joining voices, detailed, at great length, the assumptions of phrenology and the marvels of animal magnetism.
So stand before every public and private work; before an oration of Burke, before a victory of Napoleon, before a martyrdom of Sir Thomas More, of Sidney, of Marmaduke Robinson; before a French Reign of Terror, and a Salem hanging of witches; before a fanatic Revival and the Animal Magnetism in Paris, or in Providence.
In 1978, the theory of animal magnetism and energy transference of Mesmer was discredited by a committee commissioned by the government to investigate mesmerism.
It's a British senior citizen riff on A Street Car Named Desire - only with a lot less of Marlon Brando's awesome sweaty animal magnetism, and a bit more cheery Timothy Spall and a nice hot cup of tea.
ZOOMORPH A Animal magnetism B Dissection C Representation of an animal form who am I?
The Environment Secretary, who once admitted he doesn't have much animal magnetism, brought Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Scots Secretary David Mundell as back-up.
Elsewhere, Diane pays for Victoria and Adam to have fertility tests, and it looks like even a dog collar can't protect Harriet from the raw animal magnetism of Cain Dingle.