mesmerism

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An 1849 portrait of Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815) by Jules Porreau

Etymology[edit]

From French mesmérisme, analysable as Mesmer +‎ -ism; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛzməˌɹizəm/
  • Hyphenation: mes‧mer‧ism

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mesmerism ‎(countable and uncountable, plural mesmerisms)

  1. The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.

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