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Meaning of mesmerism

mes•mer•ism

Pronunciation: (mez'mu-riz"um, mes'-), [key]
— n.
  1. hypnosis as induced, according to F. A. Mesmer, through animal magnetism.
  2. hypnotism.
  3. a compelling attraction; fascination.
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