What does the word mesmerism mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Robert Means Lawrence