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  • adj. hypnoid

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling sleep or hypnosis.


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  • "hypnoidal" state -- as induced by Dr. Boris Sidis.

    The Problems of Psychical Research Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal

  • An EEG of a person watching TV shows that after about half an hour the brain decides that nothing is happening, and it goes into a hypnoidal twilight state, emitting alpha waves.

    How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later | Living the Liminal

  • Hypnosis is not a state between awake and asleep, that would be the hypnoidal state which is not hypnosis.

    When I count to 10 . . .. . . you will be enlightened

  • The state between sleep and wakefulness is the hypnoidal state which actually has very little or nothing to do with hypnosis.

    Life of Brian:

  • K----, magnificent creature, was (when we lived with him) so potently hypnoidal that, even erect and determined as his bookcase and urgently bent upon Brann's _Iconoclast_ or some other literary irritant, sleep would seep through his pores and he would fall with a crash, lying there in unconscious bliss until someone came in and prodded him up, reeling and ashamed.


  • To maintain attention for an hour or so, while sitting, is a task, and there develops a tendency either to a hypnoidal state in which the mind follows uncritically, or to a restless uneasiness with wandering mind and fatigue of body.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • Today, film and video are perhaps the most hypnoidal of all media, given that, to induce this state in a subject, the classic ruse is to use a "fixed moving point," such as the typical glowing TV / video image.

    Political Affairs Magazine

  • We can now accept that if the aura of the traditional work of art was once related to its religious context, this was because it was meant to impress the illiterate and had a hypnoidal function (that is, if there was no subversion of this by the artist), adding to the special atmosphere of the church / temple.

    Political Affairs Magazine

  • His exhibition "The Passions" at the National Gallery London (22-10-03 to 04-01-04) was in a darkened room and the entire effect was hypnoidal.

    Political Affairs Magazine

  • Is this hypnoidal effect, this aura, something that modern mass reproducible artworks lack?

    Political Affairs Magazine


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