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

Examples of animal magnetism in a Sentence

a photograph that captures the athlete's animal magnetism
Recent Examples on the Web Based on the widely popular theory of animal magnetism proposed by Franz Mesmer at the end of the 18th century, Allix claimed that snails are particularly well suited to communicate by a magnetism-like force through the ambient medium. Justin E. H. Smith, Wired, 3 Mar. 2022 In the eighteenth century, Franz Mesmer introduced his concept of mesmerism, or animal magnetism, involving a universal vital fluid that passes in and out through our pores. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of animal magnetism

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Animal magnetism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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