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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."


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


(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.


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


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mesmerism - the act of inducing hypnosismesmerism - the act of inducing hypnosis  
influence - causing something without any direct or apparent effort
تَنْويم مِغْناطيسي
sefjun; dáleiîsla


[ˈmezmərɪzəm] Nmesmerismo m


nhypnotische Wirkung; (old)Mesmerismus m



(ˈmezməraiz) verb
to hypnotize. The child was mesmerized by the television screen.
ˈmesmerism noun


n. mesmerismo, uso del hipnotismo como método terapéutico.
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