animal magnetism


: a mysterious force claimed by Mesmer to enable him to hypnotize patients
: 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 And of course, Fox’s animal magnetism attracted the approval of the rocker. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 17 July 2023 Keoghan’s own animal magnetism is present onscreen, if only because his physicality is so refreshingly untamed. Matthew Jacobs, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Dec. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of animal magnetism was in 1781

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“Animal magnetism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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