of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.
susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.
inducing sleep.


Origin of hypnotic

1680–90; < Late Latin hypnōticus < Greek hypnōtikós sleep-inducing, narcotic, equivalent to hypnō- (variant stem of hypnoûn to put to sleep; see Hypnos) + -tikos -tic
Related formshyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·hyp·not·ic, adjective, nounan·ti·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hyp·not·ic, adjective, nounnon·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·hyp·not·ic, adjectiveun·hyp·not·ic, adjectiveun·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hypnotic

Contemporary Examples of hypnotic

Historical Examples of hypnotic

  • 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

    Arnold Fredericks

  • But so hypnotic quasi-reasons: that globular lumps of sandstone are common.

  • You have never tried to demonstrate to a hypnotic that a table is not a hippopotamus.

  • I am firmly convinced that stammering can be cured by hypnotic suggestion.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotic



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
Derived Formshypnotically, adverb

Word Origin for hypnotic

C17: from Late Latin hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep
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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.

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Medicine definitions for hypnotic




Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.
Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.


An agent that causes sleep.
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