From French mesmérisme, analysable as Mesmer + -ism; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory.
- IPA(key): /ˈmɛzməˌɹizəm/
- Hyphenation: mes‧mer‧ism
mesmerism (countable and uncountable, plural mesmerisms)
- The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.
- 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 23:
- What is the secret mesmerism which friendship possesses, and under the operation of which a person ordinarily sluggish, or cold, or timid, becomes wise, active, and resolute, in another's behalf?
- The state induced by hypnotic methods (especially that of Mesmerhimself).