Hypnotism
Hypnotism Hyp"no*tism, n. [Gr. ? sleep: cf. F. hypnotisme.] 1. 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}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The science which deals with the induction and properties of the hypnotic state. [PJC]


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  • Hypnotism — • The nervous sleep, induced by artificial and external means, which has been made the subject of experiment and methodical study by men of science, physicians or physiologists Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Hypnotism     Hypn …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • hypnotism — 1843, short for neuro hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from HYPNOTIC (Cf. hypnotic) + ISM (Cf. ism). In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize …   Etymology dictionary

  • hypnotism — ► NOUN ▪ the study or practice of hypnosis. DERIVATIVES hypnotist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • hypnotism — [hip′nə tiz΄əm] n. 1. the act or practice of inducing hypnosis 2. the science of hypnosis …   English World dictionary

  • hypnotism — n. to practice hypnotism * * * [ hɪpnətɪz(ə)m] to practice hypnotism …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hypnotism — [[t]hɪ̱pnətɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Hypnotism is the practice of hypnotizing people. Dulcy also saw a psychiatrist who used hypnotism to help her deal with her fear. Syn: hypnosis Derived words: hypnotist plural N COUNT He was put into a trance by a… …   English dictionary

  • hypnotism — Mesmerism Mes mer*ism, n. [From Mesmer, who first brought it into notice at Vienna, about 1775: cf. F. mesm[ e]risme.] An earlier name for {hypnosis} or {hypnotism}, the art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hypnotism — hypnotist, n. hypnotistic, adj. /hip neuh tiz euhm/, n. 1. the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis. 2. the act of hypnotizing. 3. hypnosis. [shortening of neuro hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795 1860) in… …   Universalium

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