Origin of hypnotic
Related Wordssoothing, mesmerizing, anesthetic, opiate, narcotic, soporific, anodyne, lenitive, sleepy, somnolent, somniferous, calmative, mesmeric, soporose
Examples from the Web for hypnotic
As for Manson, Spahn said, there was no explanation—he had a hypnotic spell over the girls, they were his slaves.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
[It] does not resemble standard antipsychotic, antidepressant, antianxiety or hypnotic drugs in simple drug interaction tests.How Pfizer Helped Make ‘Spice,’ The Deadly Fake Pot
May 17, 2014
The first thing to hit me were those cats eyes of hers, green with flecks of gold and hypnotic as hell.The Week in Death: George Jacobs, Sinatra’s Domestic Confidant
February 23, 2014
There is a rocking, hypnotic peacefulness in the way he puts words together.‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ Is a Classic Twice over—as a Movie and a Novel
February 9, 2014
He is a master of the breathless paragraph, the hypnotic meditation.This Week’s Hot Reads: September 23, 2013
September 23, 2013
In a moment he's onto Emil, an' begins to w'irl his hypnotic rope.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
All cases such as yours respond most readily to hypnotic suggestion.The Ivory Snuff Box
You have never tried to demonstrate to a hypnotic that a table is not a hippopotamus.
But so hypnotic quasi-reasons: that globular lumps of sandstone are common.
The shortest way to get hold of such past impressions is the hypnotic one.Psychotherapy
- of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep
- (of a person) susceptible to hypnotism
- a drug or agent that induces sleep
- a person susceptible to hypnosis
Word Origin and History for hypnotic
1620s, "inducing sleep," originally used of drugs, from French hypnotique (16c.) "inclined to sleep, soporific," from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnotikos "inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy," from hypnoun "put to sleep," from hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence). Modern sense of "pertaining to an induced trance" first recorded in English 1843, along with hypnotist, hypnotize, both coined by Dr. James Braid. Related: Hypnotical; hypnotically.
- Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
- An agent that causes sleep.