From French mesmérisme, analysable as Mesmer + -ism; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory.
- IPA(key): /ˈmɛzməˌɹizəm/
- Hyphenation: mes‧mer‧ism
mesmerism (countable and uncountable, plural mesmerisms)
- The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.