mes·​mer·​ism | \ ˈmez-mə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce mesmerism (audio) also ˈmes- \

Definition of mesmerism

1 : hypnotic induction held to involve animal magnetism broadly : hypnotism
2 : hypnotic appeal

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mesmerist \ ˈmez-​mə-​rist How to pronounce mesmerist (audio) also  ˈmes-​ \ noun

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made a living at mesmerism and the selling of medical remedies of dubious value
Recent Examples on the Web Here’s how Ye used mesmerism to get up at 5 a.m. every morning, get more sleep, and get more done. NBC News, "The simple technique that helped this writer become a morning person," 4 Nov. 2019 In the years leading up to the French Revolution, mesmerism started to take on a significantly political dimension. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of mesmerism

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mesmerism

French A. Mesmer

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The first known use of mesmerism was in 1784

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“Mesmerism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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mes·​mer·​ism | \ ˈmez-mə-ˌriz-əm also ˈmes- \

Medical Definition of mesmerism

: hypnotic induction by the practices of F. A. Mesmer that was believed to involve animal magnetism broadly : hypnotism

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