animal magnetism


animal magnetism

noun

Definition of ANIMAL MAGNETISM

1
:  a mysterious force claimed by Mesmer to enable him to hypnotize patients
2
:  a magnetic charm or appeal; especially :  sex appeal

Examples of ANIMAL MAGNETISM

  1. <a photograph that captures the athlete's animal magnetism>

First Known Use of ANIMAL MAGNETISM

1784

animal magnetism

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANIMAL MAGNETISM

: a spiritlike force alleged by the Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815) to reside within himself and to be active in his use of therapeutic hypnosis—see mesmerism

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