hypnotic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hypnotic attracting and holding interest as if by a spell "read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice","she had a warm mesmeric charm","the sheer force of his presence was mesmerizing","a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome"
    • adj hypnotic of or relating to hypnosis
    • n hypnotic a drug that induces sleep
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego
    • Hypnotic A person who exhibits the phenomena of, or is subject to, hypnotism.
    • Hypnotic Any agent that produces, or tends to produce, sleep; an opiate; a soporific; a narcotic.
    • Hypnotic Having the quality of producing sleep; tending to produce sleep; soporific.
    • Hypnotic Of or pertaining to hypnotism; in a state of hypnotism; liable to hypnotism; as, a hypnotic condition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Harthahorne City Ordinance, Section 363, states that it shall be unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
    • hypnotic Having the property of producing sleep; tending to produce sleep; soporific.
    • hypnotic Pertaining to or characterized by hypnotism.
    • n hypnotic A medicine that produces or tends to produce sleep; an opiate; a soporific.
    • n hypnotic One who is subject to hypnotism; one in whom hypnotism has been induced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Hypnotic having the property of producing sleep
    • Hypnotic a medicine that induces sleep
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, fr. to lull to sleep, fr. sleep; akin to L. somnus, and E. somnolent,: cf. F. hypnotique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Coined in 1843 from Gr. hypnos, sleep.

Usage

In literature:

It is for the benefit of the people who do not pass readily under hypnotic control.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
The normal waking state of the woman is called Leonie I., the hypnotic state Leonie II.
"Real Ghost Stories" by William T. Stead
Markham, listening to the slow, earnest voice, became hypnotized by its quality and pure purpose.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
Even the bad boys sat in attitudes of attention, hypnotized by the solemnity of my demeanor.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Well, of course, knowledge has something to do with it; but the true secret of my success lies in the free use which I make of hypnotism.
"The Adventures of Dick Maitland" by Harry Collingwood
He was grasping the desk with both hands, leaning forward, staring as one who is benumbed, hypnotized.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Her enthusiasm almost hypnotized her auditors.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
He watched its graceful play as if hypnotized, and began babbling to himself in an incoherent prattle.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
As it is, I guess I'll have to admit that there is something in thought transference and hypnotism.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
She had read in books of the mysteries of hypnotic suggestion, but she was far too practical to believe in that.
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

All day long it is so that his hot hypnotic eye commands
With steady ray; and the earth obedient brings enchantment forth.
All night long in the humid dark the high-voiced hyla-bands
Chant of it in chill strain from South to North.
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice
I saw our man was getting dazed, and sort of hypnotized,
And they oughter pulled the agent up right there, as I advised.
"See here -" Bill started, husky; but the agent came again,
And talked right on for four hours good - from six o'clock to ten.
"The Silent Member" by C J Dennis

In news:

Don't Stare Too Long, You'll Be Hypnotized : Amy Warren – HomeBrew Hunnies.
Laurie Anderson has a voice that sounds ideal for soothing you to sleep, a hypnotic, lulling style of storytelling that relaxes you as it engages you.
INTERVIEWS Portishead, Goldfrapp Members Premiere Hypnotic ' Joan of Arc ' Soundtrack.
Created by Lee Falk in 1934, the ' Mandrake ' comic strip centered on an illusionist who had the power to hypnotize his foes at great speed.
On Thursday, Teju Cole will find out if the National Book Critics Circle gives his quietly hypnotic first novel its award for best fiction.
If Hello Kitty didn't hypnotize you with her cuteness like a Jedi mind trick, she would be quite the narcissistic little brat.
Full of repeated strips and lines, Max Cole's abstract paintings are exquisite and even hypnotic.
Students hypnotized for 4 hours during school assembly.
San Jose Rep uses hypnotic tactics to reveal painful truths in ' Tranced '.
Untitled Document Are Bianca and Sierra Casady the geniuses that their admirers (John Darnielle, David Byrne, countless blognerds) say they are, or are they simply the newest naked emperors to hypnotize the hipster elite.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake and Jamin Orrall recently sat down with Noisey, Vice's music channel, to talk about the making of JEFF's Auerbach -produced Hypnotic Nights.
Jake Orrall insists "nothing's happening" so often on "Staring at the Wall," from JEFF the Brotherhood 's new Hypnotic Nights, that we should know better than to believe him.
Playboy Cyber Girl Cassandra Dawn likes to hypnotize men with her…voice.
One video comprised of archival footage from the various ceramics manufacturers by Ray Johnson of the Staffordshire film archive makes for fascinating, if not hypnotic, viewing of the Brit tradition of ceramic making.
Are you ready to be hypnotized by some of the most gorgeous imagery you've ever seen in a local music video.
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