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

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a photograph that captures the athlete's animal magnetism

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Penelope Cruz makes a sensational film debut, and Javier Bardem bursts with animal magnetism. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'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

noun

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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