Mesmer



[mez-mer; German mes-muh r] /ˈmɛz mər; German ˈmɛs mər/

noun
1.
Franz
[frants,, franz;; German frahnts] /frænts,, frænz;; German frɑnts/ (Show IPA), or Friedrich Anton
[free-drik an-tn,, -ton;; German free-drikh ahn-tohn] /ˈfri drɪk ˈæn tn,, -tɒn;; German ˈfri drɪx ˈɑn toʊn/ (Show IPA), 1733–1815, Austrian physician.

Mesmer Mes·mer (měz’mər, měs’-), Franz. or Friedrich Anton 1734-1815.

Austrian physician who sought to treat disease through animal magnetism, an early therapeutic application of hypnotism.

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    [mez-mer-ik, mes-] /mɛzˈmɛr ɪk, mɛs-/ adjective 1. produced by ; hypnotic. 2. compelling; fascinating. /mɛzˈmɛrɪk/ adjective 1. holding (someone) as if spellbound 2. of or relating to mesmerism adj. “pertaining to mesmerism,” 1829; see mesmerism + -ic.

  • Mesmerise

    [mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/ verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing. 1. to hypnotize. 2. to spellbind; fascinate. 3. to compel by fascination. /ˈmɛzməˌraɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. a former word for hypnotize 2. to hold (someone) as if spellbound v. chiefly British English spelling of mesmerize (v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Mesmerised; mesmerising. v. […]



  • Mesmerised

    [mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/ verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing. 1. to hypnotize. 2. to spellbind; fascinate. 3. to compel by fascination. /ˈmɛzməˌraɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. a former word for hypnotize 2. to hold (someone) as if spellbound v. 1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of “enthrall” is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.

  • Mesmerising

    [mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/ verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing. 1. to hypnotize. 2. to spellbind; fascinate. 3. to compel by fascination. /ˈmɛzməˌraɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. a former word for hypnotize 2. to hold (someone) as if spellbound v. 1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of “enthrall” is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.



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