from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
- n. Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
- n. Hypnotism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An earlier name for hypnosis or hypnotism, the art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. It is believed to be a state between sleep and wakefulness, in which a person is more susceptible to suggestion than when awake. See Animal magnetism, under magnetism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that-one person can exercise influence over the will and nervous system of another, and produce certain phenomena by virtue of a supposed emanation, called animal magnetism, proceeding from him, or simply by the domination of his will over that of the person operated on.
- n. The influence itself; animal magnetism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of inducing hypnosis
After Franz Mesmer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French mesmérisme; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory. (Wiktionary)