from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.
- n. The act of inducing hypnosis.
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- n. The art of inducing hypnosis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The science which deals with the induction and properties of the hypnotic state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of inducing hypnosis
The highest degree of suggestibility is that mental state which we call hypnotism, in which the power to resist the proposed idea of action is reduced to a minimum.
The only thing hypnotism is good for is the funny.
Scott, I can GUARANTEE you that hypnotism is based in reality.
The word hypnotism is defined in the New Oxford American Dictionary as "the state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction."
In the nineteenth century, James Braid was doing dental work with hypnosis he is the fellow who coined the word hypnotism to avoid the negative associations that mesmerism and magnetism held.
Indeed he invented the name of hypnotism, formed from the Greek word meaning 'sleep', and designating
The word hypnotism means sleep, and the definition of hypnotism implies artificially produced sleep.
"Do you remember how interested we used to be in hypnotism, David?"
[Footnote: Frequently in such cases use is made of the word hypnotism; that same hypnotism which, in its earlier form of mesmerism, was disdainfully put aside by various learned bodies.]
Nothing that we know as hypnotism will enable a man to alter the eyes in the heads of a huge crowd of total strangers; wide awake in broad daylight; and if it is hypnotism, it is something so appallingly magnified as to need a new magic to explain the explanation; certainly something that explains it better than a Greek word for sleep.