animal magnetism


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

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Examples of animal magnetism in a Sentence

a photograph that captures the athlete's animal magnetism
Recent Examples on the Web Health could be restored through contact with a conductor of animal magnetism. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Penelope Cruz makes a sensational film debut, and Javier Bardem bursts with animal magnetism. Chris Ball,, "'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 4 Feb. 2018 Franklin used an early version of the placebo trial to prove that animal magnetism wasn’t a real biological force. Gregory Reid, Smithsonian, "Why I Take Fake Pills," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of animal magnetism

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Animal magnetism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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