Definition of Pelmanism in US English:



  • 1A system of memory training originally devised by the Pelman Institute for the Scientific Development of Mind, Memory, and Personality in London in the 1920s.

    • ‘To thousands Pelmanism has been the means of greater success in life.’
    • ‘There were lots of self-educating books, home encyclopedias, home university courses, Pelmanism manuals, self-improvement tracts - volumes that were all in the grand, glass-fronted bookcase.’
    • ‘I practised yoga and took postal courses in self-improvement and hypnotism, which I think was called Pelmanism.’
    • ‘Pelmanism can train your mental faculties and help you to have a stronger memory.’
    1. 1.1 A game based on memorizing cards or other objects placed before the players.
      • ‘Pelmanism is the classic game of memory and concentration.’
      • ‘Pelmanism is a term for the children's game of ‘Pairs’.’