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Animal magnetism

the power to attract others through one’s physical presence, bearing, energy, etc.
the indefinite power, presumably innate in some persons, that enables one to induce hypnosis.
Contemporary Examples

Now, for the first time, we have a woman on the record (or almost) testifying to his animal magnetism.
DSK’s ‘Physical’ Sex Life Christopher Dickey July 30, 2011

Yet with CPAC as his latest stage, his animal magnetism came through loud and clear.
Donald Trump, Still Wacky, Rips Republicans at CPAC Lauren Ashburn March 14, 2013

Once again, his animal magnetism has been placed in service to America’s national interests.
Bubba’s Bogus Diplomacy Reihan Salam August 4, 2009

Historical Examples

The highest degree of human depravity, which is to be found in this propulsive will power, or animal magnetism.
The Religio-Medical Masquerade Frederick William Peabody

It quite makes me a convert to the science of animal magnetism.
Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

If there be such a thing as animal magnetism, she possessed it in perfection.
Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell

animal magnetism or mesmerism had been involved in mystery and empiricism.
Buchanan’s Journal of Man, September 1887 Various

animal magnetism: showing that the phenomena of Mesmerism are as incredible as the Bible miracles.
History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes

The existence of animal magnetism must stand or fall on this test.
Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing George Barton Cutten

They found, in Kaspar, a splendid example of the ‘sensitive,’ and a noble proof of the powers of ‘animal magnetism.’
Historical Mysteries Andrew Lang

(sometimes facetious) the quality of being attractive, esp to members of the opposite sex
(obsolete) hypnotism


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