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mes·mer·ism

 (mĕz′mə-rĭz′əm, mĕs′-)
n.
1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
2. Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
3. Hypnotism.

[After Franz Mesmer.]

mes·mer′ic (-mĕr′ĭk) adj.
mes·mer′i·cal·ly adv.
mes′mer·ist n.
Word History: Franz Anton Mesmer, a visionary 18th-century physician, believed cures could be effected by having patients do things such as sit with their feet in a fountain of magnetized water while holding cables attached to magnetized trees. Mesmer then came to believe that magnetic powers resided in himself, and during highly fashionable curative sessions in Paris he caused his patients to have reactions ranging from sleeping or dancing to convulsions. These reactions were actually brought about by hypnotic powers that Mesmer was unaware he possessed. Eventually, Mesmer's practices came to be called mesmerism (a term first recorded in English in 1784). The related word mesmerize (first recorded in English in 1829), having shed its reference to the hypnotic doctor, lives on in the sense "to enthrall."
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mesmeric

(mɛzˈmɛrɪk)
adj
1. holding (someone) as if spellbound
2. (Psychology) of or relating to mesmerism
mesˈmerically adv
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Adj.1.mesmeric - attracting and holding interest as if by a spellmesmeric - attracting and holding interest as if by a spell; "read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice"; "she had a warm mesmeric charm"; "the sheer force of his presence was mesmerizing"; "a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome"
attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"
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Translations

mesmeric

[mezˈmerɪk] ADJmesmeriano
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mesmeric

adjhypnotisch; movementhypnotisierend
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References in periodicals archive ?
Among the names given to such mysterious healing force or energy are orgone, magnetic force, odic force, prana, subtle energy, chi, ki and more.
Date Hindu; yogis Prana 3000 BC Chinese Qi 3000 BC Plato Nous 350 BC Polynesian Huna Mana 600 AD Paracelsus Munia or Mumia 1539 AD Luigi Galvani Life force 1790 AD Karl von Reichenbach Od; odyllic; odic force 1845 AD H.