animal magnetism

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

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

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First Known Use of animal magnetism

1781


Medical Dictionary

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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