mesmerism

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Mesmeric.

Part of speech: noun

The production of a trance like condition by control of will; hypnotism.

Part of speech: noun

Personal magnetism: named from Franz Mesmer ( 1733- 1815), the originator.

Part of speech: adjective

Mesmerical.

Part of speech: adverb

Mesmerically.

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Usage examples "mesmerism":

  1. Similar remarks apply to the case of Mesmerism or Animal Magnetism. - "Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws", James Buchanan.
  2. There is much that is very remarkable about these spiritual manifestations;- whether it is mesmerism, or delusion, or positive fraud, I think it is a remarkable instance of the questioning spirit of the day, unsatisfied with old creeds and desirous of reconstructing some new belief. - "Mr. Hogarth's Will", Catherine Helen Spence.
  3. The use of spells and incantations, the practice of laying- on of hands, the cult of relics, mesmerism, and metallo- therapy, have been important factors in the evolution of modern mental healing. - "Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery", Robert Means Lawrence.