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[hip-nuh-tiz-uh m] /ˈhɪp nəˌtɪz əm/
the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
the act of hypnotizing.
Origin of hypnotism
shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795-1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism
Related forms
hypnotist, noun
hypnotistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • He came to me in despair and begged me to rid him of his passion by hypnotism.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • She began to retreat again; she feared him, feared the hypnotism of his sad voice.

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

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

    The Shadow World

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

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • "It looks to me like a plain case of hypnotism from this side," remarked Harris.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • Such men are so set in their habits, nothing but a miracle or hypnotism can save them.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • "It looks like hypnotism," said Flambeau, biting his black moustache.

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotism


the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
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.

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hypnotism in Medicine

hypnotism hyp·no·tism (hĭp'nə-tĭz'əm)

  1. The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.

  2. The act of inducing hypnosis.

hyp'no·tist n.
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