men·​tal·​ist ˈmen-tə-list How to pronounce mentalist (audio)

Examples of mentalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, his deceit takes a new form as a phony mentalist, but his lies soon catch up to him in a stunningly dramatic conclusion. Eric Farwell,, 8 Mar. 2024 In every case, the word the woman thought of matched the one the mentalist had written down. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2023 Among the various showbiz acts involving mental prowess, Mr. Lorayne was more like the practiced craftsman compared with the more elusive qualities of mentalists and others proclaiming mind-reading abilities. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2023 Not in the ways that psychics claim to do it, by gaining access to the warm streams of consciousness that fill every individual’s experience, or in the ways that mentalists claim to do it, by pulling a thought out of your head at will. Oliver Whang, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2023 Next, each woman sat down with Zach one at a time as the mentalist gave them readings. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2023 Based on William Lindsay Gresham's eponymous novel, Nightmare Alley follows a hapless carnival worker, played by Bradley Cooper, who builds a career beyond the sideshow by passing himself off as a mentalist to hustle others. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2023 Another, from the mid-nineteen-twenties, shows him as a disembodied shaved head, spoofing the image of Jesus on the Veil of Veronica while suggesting the mentalist-magicians’ posters of the period. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 There was also a fiendishly complicated mind-reading act based on a memorized system of word clues relayed by the stooge to the sham mentalist. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 26 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mentalist was in 1909

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“Mentalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


men·​tal·​ist ˈment-ᵊl-əst How to pronounce mentalist (audio)
: an adherent or advocate of a mentalistic school of psychology or psychiatry

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