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hypnotic

Syllabification: hyp·not·ic
Pronunciation: /hipˈnädik
 
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Definition of hypnotic in English:

adjective

1Of, producing, or relating to hypnosis: a hypnotic state
More example sentences
  • She maintains that hypnotic subjects are asked basically to take on ‘what really amounts to a parody of epileptic symptoms.’
  • The importance of using both high and low hypnotizable subjects in hypnotic pain research is emphasized.
  • That means that the eye roll accounts for very little of the subject's hypnotic behavior.
1.1Exerting a compelling, fascinating, or soporific effect: her voice had a hypnotic quality
More example sentences
  • His voice may not be as pure as it once was, nor soar quite so magnificently, but it is still wonderfully hypnotic.
  • ‘Remember Me’ contains one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time and ‘Fear Of Drowning’ is wonderfully hypnotic.
  • This celebration conveys its own hypnotic delight, inviting us to suspend unanswerable questions about its ultimate purpose.
Synonyms
mesmerizing, mesmeric, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, irresistible, magnetic, compelling, enthralling, captivating, charming;
soporific, sleep-inducing, sedative, numbing;
Medicine stupefacient
2 Medicine (Of a drug) sleep-inducing.
Example sentences
  • Patients typically need large doses of sedative hypnotic drugs and four-point restraints during this stage.
  • The team decided to try a mild hypnotic drug on an as-needed basis to help the patient sleep better during restless nights.
  • This is especially true in elderly people and for hypnotic drugs.

noun

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1 Medicine A sleep-inducing drug.
Example sentences
  • ‘Pediatricians recommend everything from benadryl to hypnotics to chamomile tea,’ she says.
  • Rates of use of antidepressants and hypnotics were similar for both groups.
  • Even in Thailand, with much available over the counter, hypnotics are not OTC and should only be taken as the last resort.
2A person under or open to the influence of hypnotism.

Origin

early 17th century: from French hypnotique, via late Latin from Greek hupnōtikos 'narcotic, causing sleep', from hupnoun 'put to sleep', from hupnos 'sleep'.

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  • This goes back to Greek hupnōtikos ‘narcotic, causing sleep’, from hupnoun ‘put to sleep’.

Derivatives

hypnotically

1
Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The patient, referred by hospice for psychological care, was treated with hypnotically facilitated psychotherapy.
  • The patient was screened hypnotically by using a modified version of the Hypnotic Induction Profile.
  • The Eastern-sounding middle movement makes use of a pretty and hypnotically insistent pattern.

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