hypnotism vs mesmerism what difference

what is difference between hypnotism and mesmerism

English

Etymology

From hypnotise +‎ -ism.

Noun

hypnotism (countable and uncountable, plural hypnotisms)

  1. The art of inducing hypnosis.

Related terms

  • hypnotist

Translations

Anagrams

  • phytonism, pythonism

Swedish

Noun

hypnotism c (definite singular hypnotismen) (uncountable)

  1. hypnotism (study or practice of hypnosis)


English

Etymology

From French mesmérisme, analysable as Mesmer +‎ -ism; so called after Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), a German physician who developed the animal magnetism theory.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛzməˌɹɪzəm/
  • Hyphenation: mes‧mer‧ism

Noun

mesmerism (countable and uncountable, plural mesmerisms)

  1. 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?
  2. The state induced by hypnotic methods (especially that of Mesmer himself).

Derived terms

  • mesmeric
  • mesmerist
  • mesmerize
  • mesmerized
  • mesmerizing

Translations

See also

  • hypnosis
  • somnolism

Further reading

  • mesmerism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • mesmerism in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Romanian

Etymology

From French mesmérisme

Noun

mesmerism n (uncountable)

  1. mesmerism

Declension


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