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 (mĕz′mə-rĭz′əm, mĕs′-)
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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1. (Psychology) a hypnotic state induced by the operator's imposition of his will on that of the patient
2. (Psychology) an early doctrine concerning this
[C19: named after F. A. Mesmer (1734–1815), Austrian physician]
ˈmesmerist n
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(ˈmɛz məˌrɪz əm, ˈmɛs-)

1. hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism.
2. hypnotism.
3. a compelling attraction; fascination.
mes•mer′ic (-ˈmɛr ɪk) adj.
mes•mer′i•cal•ly, adv.
mes′mer•ist, n.
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1. hypnosis as induced by Dr. F. A. Mesmer through “animal magnetism,” a 19th-century therapy.
2. hypnotism.
3. a compelling attraction; fascination. — mesmerization, n. — mesmerist, mesmerizer, n.
See also: Hypnosis
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Name given to a type of therapy developed by Franz Mesmer who believed he had the ability to harness the magnetic forces of the planets and who some believe to be the originator of hypnotism.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mesmerism - the act of inducing hypnosismesmerism - the act of inducing hypnosis  
influence - causing something without any direct or apparent effort
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تَنْويم مِغْناطيسي
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[ˈmezmərɪzəm] Nmesmerismo m
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nhypnotische Wirkung; (old)Mesmerismus m
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(ˈmezməraiz) verb
to hypnotize. The child was mesmerized by the television screen.
ˈmesmerism noun
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n. mesmerismo, uso del hipnotismo como método terapéutico.
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References in classic literature ?
Without believing in mesmerism, it has since struck me that we might unconsciously have had some influence over each other, which may explain what followed.
Mesmerism would assert, not only that you and the child influenced each other, but that--in spite of the distance--you both influenced me .
In a word, that accumulated knowledge which man inherits by means of books, imparted and transmitted information, schools, colleges, and universities, we obtain through more subtle agencies that are incorporated with our organic construction, and which form a species of hereditary mesmerism; a vegetable clairvoyance that enables us to see with the eyes, hear with the ears, and digest with the understandings of our predecessors.
What is the secret mesmerism which friendship possesses, and under the operation of which a person ordinarily sluggish, or cold, or timid, becomes wise, active, and resolute, in another's behalf?
"Jour printer by trade; do a little in patent medi- cines; theater-actor -- tragedy, you know; take a turn to mesmerism and phrenology when there's a chance; teach singing-geography school for a change; sling a lecture sometimes -- oh, I do lots of things -- most anything that comes handy, so it ain't work.
Still more recently he had been a public lecturer on Mesmerism, for which science (as he assured Phoebe, and, indeed, satisfactorily proved, by putting Chanticleer, who happened to be scratching near by, to sleep) he had very remarkable endowments.
"I believe in mesmerism for the first time," she said.
We have nothing whatever to do with clairvoyance, or with mesmerism, or with anything else that is hard of belief to a practical man, in the inquiry that we are now pursuing.
This foreign nobleman of yours is dying to try his quack remedies (mesmerism included) on my patient, and a nurse who is brought here by his wife may be a little too willing to help him.
All the value which attaches to Pythagoras, Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa, Cardan, Kepler, Swedenborg, Schelling, Oken, or any other who introduces questionable facts into his cosmogony, as angels, devils, magic, astrology, palmistry, mesmerism, and so on, is the certificate we have of departure from routine, and that here is a new witness.
In fact, Christabel's reaction to the spellbinding Geraldine follows Coleridge's understanding of mesmerism's effects quite closely.
Diet was at the heart of this but there was an appetite, too, for a wide mix of other pursuits that challenged convention: hydropathy (a treatment for ills based on the stimulant of cold water), mesmerism, phrenology, astrology, pacifism and celibacy.