[ hip-not-ik ]
/ hɪpˈnɒt ɪk /


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


Nearby words

  1. hypnopompic,
  2. hypnos,
  3. hypnosis,
  4. hypnotherapist,
  5. hypnotherapy,
  6. hypnotise,
  7. hypnotism,
  8. hypnotist,
  9. hypnotize,
  10. hypo

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hypnotic


/ (hɪpˈnɒtɪk) /


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


[ hĭp-nŏtĭk ]


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


An agent that causes sleep.

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