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

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  • mesmerism — MESMERÍSM s.n. Teoria magnetismului animal; (med.) tratament bazat pe această teorie. – Din fr. mesmérisme. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  MESMERÍSM s. v. magnetism animal. Trimis de siveco, 05.08.2004. Sursa: Sinonime … …   Dicționar Român

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • mesmerism — ► NOUN 1) historical a therapeutic technique involving hypnotism. 2) hypnotism. DERIVATIVES mesmerist noun. ORIGIN named after the Austrian physician Franz A. Mesmer (1734 1815) …   English terms dictionary

  • mesmerism — [mez′mər iz΄əm, mes′mər iz΄əm] n. [Fr Mesmérisme, after F. A. Mesmer (1734 1815), Ger physician] 1. hypnotism, esp. as practiced by Mesmer in connection with his theory of animal magnetism 2. hypnotic or irresistible attraction; fascination… …   English World dictionary

  • mesmerism — A system of therapeutics from which were developed hypnotism and therapeutic suggestion. [F.A. Mesmer, Austrian physician, 1734–1815] * * * mes·mer·ism mez mə .riz əmalso mes n hypnotic induction by the practices of F. A. Mesmer that was believed …   Medical dictionary

  • 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 — 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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