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 Your animal magnetism could be a big turn-on for a special someone this evening. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 15 May 2021 The student need not believe that Noah existed, or that his animal magnetism was as great as is said, or how long-lived his children were. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 The charismatic Sun moves into your sign today, enhancing your animal magnetism. Tarot Astrologers,, 22 Aug. 2020 Health could be restored through contact with a conductor of animal magnetism. National Geographic, 5 Mar. 2019 Penelope Cruz makes a sensational film debut, and Javier Bardem bursts with animal magnetism. Chris Ball,, 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, 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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The first known use of animal magnetism was in 1781

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22 May 2021

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“Animal magnetism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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