Definition of animal magnetism in English:

animal magnetism


  • 1A quality of sexual attractiveness.

    ‘he had an animal magnetism that women found irresistible’
    • ‘Lee overwhelms his female victims with sheer animal magnetism, rather than a combination of stilted attempts at charm and mesmerism.’
    • ‘Her every pore exuded an earthy yet youthful animal magnetism.’
    • ‘An entire episode is devoted to Chris's animal magnetism with women, and how it has both positives and negatives.’
    • ‘Now everybody wants leaders with animal magnetism and cinematic glamour.’
    • ‘In ‘Reynardine,’ a young woman meets a stranger in the mountains and is ensnared by his animal magnetism.’
    • ‘The stranger has animal magnetism, but no other bestial quality.’
    • ‘She admits that there's something more at work in human love than a finely tuned, highly evolved animal magnetism.’
    • ‘From the Beatles and Stones to Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, by and large, the biggest stars were the best musicians and the finest singers; they also tended to be the best looking, the ones most endowed with animal magnetism and charisma.’
    • ‘Will love interest, Rianna (cutie Colleen from Survivor) be swept away by his animal magnetism?’
    • ‘Ruffalo, one of the rising stars of American cinema, gives a smouldering performance that combines animal magnetism with a sly awareness of his social and intellectual inferiority to Ryan's Avery.’
    • ‘First of all, Elvis Presley had a really rare animal magnetism.’
    • ‘This was and could still be (one imagines) an actor with a rare gift: he portrays menace with a great undercurrent of charm and animal magnetism.’
    • ‘He wasn't sexy and didn't swagger with untamed animal magnetism.’
    • ‘I, and I think the vast majority of the audience, enjoyed the virtuoso performance of Gambon, with its accompanying belly laughs, and the female members at least, the display of male animal magnetism.’
    allure, attraction, fascination, enchantment, appeal, draw, drawing power, pull, charm, seductiveness, sexual magnetism, animal magnetism, magic, spell, charisma
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  • 2historical A supposed emanation to which the action of mesmerism was ascribed.

    • ‘When his subjects were in such states, Mesmer claimed that he could restore the equilibrium of the body's supply of animal magnetism and cure all ills.’
    • ‘Yes, that's right, mesmerism, it was an early form of hypnosis; it was based on the idea of animal magnetism, and if you conducted certain passes and gestures, literally gestured hypnotically, then the person would go into a trance.’
    • ‘While basically conceptualizing animal magnetism as a dynamic physical fluid, Mesmer was also aware of the impact of rapport and affect in the enhancement of magnetic treatment.’
    • ‘There are many theories to attempt to explain how Psychokinesis actually works, from basic ectoplasmic to animal magnetism.’
    • ‘Franz Anton Mesmer presented 27 propositions about animal magnetism in his Memoire sur Ia Decouverte du Magnetisme Animal, published in 1779.’