- hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism.
- a compelling attraction; fascination.
- a hypnotic state induced by the operator’s imposition of his will on that of the patient
- an early doctrine concerning this
n.“hypnotism,” 1802, from French mesmérisme, named for Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), Austrian physician who developed a theory of animal magnetism and a mysterious body fluid which allows one person to hypnotize another. Related: Mesmerist. n.
- A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
- Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism.