American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to hypnosis.
- adj. Of or relating to hypnotism.
- adj. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific: read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice.
- n. A person who is hypnotized.
- n. A person who can be hypnotized.
- n. An agent that causes sleep; a soporific.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the property of producing sleep; tending to produce sleep; soporific.
- Pertaining to or characterized by hypnotism.
- n. A medicine that produces or tends to produce sleep; an opiate; a soporific.
- n. One who is subject to hypnotism; one in whom hypnotism has been induced.
- adj. Of, or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
- adj. Inducing sleep; soporific.
- n. A person who is, or can be, hypnotized.
- n. A soporific substance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the quality of producing sleep; tending to produce sleep; soporific.
- adj. Of or pertaining to hypnotism; in a state of hypnotism; liable to hypnotism.
- n. Any agent that produces, or tends to produce, sleep; an opiate; a soporific; a narcotic.
- n. A person who exhibits the phenomena of, or is subject to, hypnotism.
- adj. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell
- n. a drug that induces sleep
- adj. of or relating to hypnosis
- From French hypnotique ("inclined to sleep, soporific"), from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Ancient Greek ὑπνωτικός (hupnōtikos, "inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy"), from ὑπνῶ (hupnō, "I put to sleep"), from ὕπνος (hupnos, "sleep"). (Wiktionary)
- French hypnotique, from Late Latin hypnōticus, inducing sleep, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun, to put to sleep, from hupnos, sleep; see swep- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The world, it seems to me, abounds in people who are little more than blank sheets of paper, on which a strong hand may transcribe what it will – hysteric subjects, the doctors would call them; hypnotic subjects others would say; really the line that divides the hysteric condition from the hypnotic is a very hazy one.”
“I believe Colonel de Rochas was correct when he asserted that under the compulsion of his will he sent the girl Josephine, while she was in hypnotic trance, back through the eighteen years she had lived, back through the silence and the dark ere she had been born, back to the light of a previous living when she was a bed-ridden old man, the ex-artilleryman, Jean-Claude Bourdon.”
“It's why a lot of good people -- including members of my own family -- have become disgusted with the Republican party and are distressed to see it being turned over to a bunch of ignorant Jesus-shouters who are one step away from wearing brown shirts and armbands and parading their hatred and holier-than-thou platitudes in hypnotic goose-stepping rhythm down Biscayne Boulevard.”
“The DEA says the short-term hypnotic sleep aids have a "moderate risk" of dependence and possible side effects like "impaired memory of events.”
“I believe Colonel de Rochas was correct when he asserted chat under the compulsion of his will he sent the girl Josephine, while she was in hypnotic trance, back through the eighteen years she had lived, back through the silence and the dark ere she had been born, back to the light of a previous living when she was a bed-ridden old man, the ax-artilleryman, Jean-Claude Bourdon.”
“I betcha something hypnotic is happening just outside of the photo’s frame … it’s probably that lady that plays music on a saw”
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“The cerebrotronic machine applied the most effective and safest method for its inquiry, namely hypnotic interrogation.”
“They say it will even break a hypnotic command not to talk.”
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