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[hip-nuh-tiz-uh m]
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  1. the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
  2. the act of hypnotizing.
  3. hypnosis.

Origin of hypnotism

shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795–1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism
Related formshyp·no·tist, nounhyp·no·tis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hypnotism

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  • He came to me in despair and begged me to rid him of his passion by hypnotism.

  • She began to retreat again; she feared him, feared the hypnotism of his sad voice.


    James Huneker

  • But exactly these characteristics of attention belong to hypnotism too.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • As it is, I guess I'll have to admit that there is something in thought transference and hypnotism.

    The Shadow World</p>

    Hamlin Garland

  • You can understand how this would be if there is anything at all in hypnotism.

    The Shadow World</p>

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotism


  1. the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
  2. the process of inducing hypnosis
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Word Origin and History for hypnotism


1843, short for neuro-hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from hypnotic + -ism. In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypnotism in Medicine


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  1. The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.
  2. The act of inducing hypnosis.
Related formshypno•tist n.
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