noun[mass noun] • historical
- 1The therapeutic system of F. A. Mesmer.More example sentences
- Particularly after the dramatic and well-publicized cure of the journalist Harriet Martineau, interest escalated amongst the intellectual élite in therapeutic mesmerism and its use as an anaesthetic during surgery.
- He reminds us of Wallace's achievements and pins his downfall on his distracting interest in such fringe fields as mesmerism and phrenology.
- There is, as it happens, strong supporting evidence for the hypothesis that the whole episode is an example of what the practitioners of mesmerism called ‘mental travelling’.
- 1.1(In general use) hypnotism.More example sentences
- All the others were converted but I was to remain an implacable and unpersuadable disbeliever in mesmerism and hypnotism for close upon fifty years.
- Another psychologist, E.M. Thornton, extends the analogy between hypnotism, mesmerism, and exorcism.
- She even thought that mesmerism and hypnotism were occult arts.
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- There were flyers for mesmerists, automatic writing machines, the pig-faced woman, and in one instance, an elephant - the first one to tour North America.
- Novelist Evelyn Waugh graphically described the tableau as ‘a wildly vivacious statue of the Abbe Faria, a Goan mesmerist of the Napoleonic era, caught here in hot bronze at the climax of an experiment, rampant over an entranced female.’
- The kid mesmerized; woman secretly a mesmerist?
late 18th century: named after F. A. Mesmer (see Mesmer, Franz Anton).
More definitions of mesmerismDefinition of mesmerism in:
- The US English dictionary