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hypnotism

[hip-nuh-tiz-uh m] /ˈhɪp nəˌtɪz əm/
noun
1.
the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
2.
the act of hypnotizing.
3.
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
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  • Phrenologist, hypnotist, conjurer—all these things the great Professor Franklin had called himself.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "It is a thing we have sought to do for years and years," said the hypnotist.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • The hypnotist can make his subject blush or turn pale, express in his face fierce anger or appealing love.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis.

  • My father has never completed that sentence; what he mistook for hunger-light was simply the earnest gaze of the hypnotist.

  • Actually, the hypnotist in this technique is not looking into the eyes of the subject.

  • He felt like a magician operating the wires for some manikin to dance at the other end or a hypnotist directing a subject.

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotist

hypnotist

/ˈhɪpnətɪst/
noun
1.
a person skilled in the theory and practice of hypnosis

hypnotism

/ˈhɪpnəˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
2.
the process of inducing hypnosis
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Word Origin and History for hypnotist
n.

1843; see hypnotic + -ist.

hypnotism

n.

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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hypnotist in Medicine

hypnotism hyp·no·tism (hĭp'nə-tĭz'əm)
n.

  1. The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.

  2. The act of inducing hypnosis.


hyp'no·tist n.
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