hypnotism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hypnotism the act of inducing hypnosis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego
    • Hypnotism A form of sleep or trance, in some respects resembling somnambulism, but brought on by artificial means, in which there is an unusual suspension of some powers, and an unusual activity of others, especially a heightened susceptibility to suggestion. It is induced by an action upon the nerves, through the medium of the senses, by causing the subject to gaze steadily at a very bright object held before the eyes, or on an oscillating object, or by pressure upon certain points of the surface of the body, usually accompanied by the speaking of the hypnotist in quiet soothing tones. Called also hypnosis.
    • Hypnotism The science which deals with the induction and properties of the hypnotic state.
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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.
    • n hypnotism An abnormal mental condition characterized by insensibility to most impressions of sense, with excessive sensibility to some impressions, and an appearance of total unconsciousness; especially, that variety of this condition which is artificially induced, usually by concentrating the attention of the subject upon some object of vision, as a bright bit of glass, or upon the operator, who generally aids in producing the result by making a few light passes with his hands. When in this condition, the mental action and the volition of the subject are to a large extent under the control of the operator. See mesmerism. Also called braidism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hypnotism hip′no-tizm a sleep-like condition induced by artificial means: a nervous sleep like the condition under mesmerism
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. sleep: cf. F. hypnotisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Coined in 1843 from Gr. hypnos, sleep.

Usage

In literature:

The whole thing is hypnotic.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
In close connection with action at a distance is the question of distant production of hypnotic sleep.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 613, October 1, 1887" by Various
With a crash the hypnotist dropped unconscious to the floor as the hypnotic machine started to revolve rapidly.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
The extreme force of this influence is demonstrated in hypnotism.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The victim was so much under the shark's influence that he was hypnotized.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
I can't tell how much of it is my own heart and how much is your hypnotism.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
He'd been hypnotized by Miss Tozier's smile.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
She has hypnotized him with marrow bones.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
People can be hypnotized, and are hypnotized.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It may be here interesting to consider some of the states of mind into which a person may be brought by hypnotism.
"The Mystic Will" by Charles Godfrey Leland
He was, in a sense, hypnotized.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He felt as if hypnotized, and once, rather meanly, was glad that no one saw him in company of his dowdy companion.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
He had his public hypnotized.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Charles fixed the doorkeeper with his hypnotic smile, and he was chosen.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
You had me completely hypnotized.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Like a dazed bird, held and stricken in the hypnotic gaze of a snake, Jerry took one stiff, unconscious forward step.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
I have always had a horror of being hypnotized.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
To be with him was to be no longer herself, but a hypnotized stranger.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The hypnotism of those grey eyes few of the opposite sex could withstand.
"Rasputin the Rascal Monk" 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:

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.
JEFF the Brotherhood Get Down With Smoked Meat on ' Hypnotic Nights'.
There are two songs on the new Jeff the Brotherhood album with the word " hypnotic " in the title.
National Skyline NPR Streams JEFF the Brotherhood's Hypnotic Nights, JEFF Also Featured on Pitchfork TV.
Hypnotic Nights by Jeff the Brotherhood.
JEFF The Brotherhood, ' Hypnotic Nights'.
JEFF the Brotherhood's new album, Hypnotic Nights, comes out July 17.
DJ Marfox's Hypnotic , Hard-Assed Dance Mix.
It's both freaky and hypnotic .
Bonnie Jo Campbell's 'Once Upon a River' gives us a boat, a girl and a hypnotic story.
These mummies are now under your power so don't be fooled by their hypnotic eyes.
INTERVIEWS Stream Chippy Nonstop 's Hypnotic 'MoneyDance101' EP.
I'll include the link so you can see it if the gif doesn't work on this post (it's hypnotic to watch).
Samuel James' version of the blues mixes tradition, sly humor, and a knowing wink with a steady, almost hypnotic acoustic beat.
Hardly radio fare with it's hypnotizing effect and long length, some good reasons why it's hardly ever on commercial stations.
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