hypnotic

1 of 2

adjective

hyp·​not·​ic hip-ˈnä-tik How to pronounce hypnotic (audio)
1
: tending to produce sleep : soporific
2
a
: of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism
b
: readily holding the attention
a hypnotic personality
a simple hypnotic beat
hypnotically adverb

hypnotic

2 of 2

noun

1
: a sleep-inducing agent : soporific
2
: one that is or can be hypnotized

Examples of hypnotic in a Sentence

Adjective The psychologist put her into a hypnotic state. Riding in a car often has a hypnotic effect on babies. the steady, hypnotic rhythm of the train
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Cave’s sometimes thin and creaky, sometimes sonorous and self-consciously refined speaking voice certainly had its hypnotic qualities. Mark Mordue, SPIN, 1 Dec. 2023 Each episode of Scavengers Reign is packed with absolutely bizarre alien life, from hypnotic killer monkeys to aquatic egg-eating monstrosities. Andrew Webster, The Verge, 23 Nov. 2023 The citrus perfume of lemongrass, the ebb-tide funk of fish sauce, the spreading warmth of fresh turmeric — all contribute to the hypnotic power of Rangoon’s mohinga, the fish noodle soup sometimes called Myanmar’s national dish. Pete Wells, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The hypnotic track of the MICHAEL album is nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Okla Jones, Essence, 14 Nov. 2023 Toward the end, the song twists into a key change, leading into a hypnotic synth solo. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2023 Louk was described by friends and family as a free-spirited young woman who loved raves just like this one was intended to be: communal gatherings in natural settings, with hypnotic trance music that throbs through the night. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 With just a trace of plot, the film proceeds at a hypnotic pace, as the characters explore the mine and its surroundings, gradually coming to know one another. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Oct. 2023 The hypnotic visual is interspersed with psychedelic, vintage animation and shows the singer practicing choreography and relaxing in between takes. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023
Noun
Clues point Rourke toward Diana Cruz (Alice Braga), a storefront psychic who fills the detective in on the phenomenon of hypnotics. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2023 Unlike telepaths, who can read minds, hypnotics have the power to control them, reshaping a person’s reality and redirecting their impulses. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2023 The festival, which started in 1976, is bringing wacky comedy shows, unique music performances, daring jousts, acrobatics, hypnotics and even big cats to 10 stages around the 30-acre festival grounds, located 30 minutes south of Denver in Larkspur. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, 18 June 2019 There was no consensus among professionals in Cleveland over whether the availability of methamphetamine or the drugs known as sedative-hypnotics, such as Xanax, Klonopin or Ativan, has increased. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, 7 July 2017 There are signs warning visitors not to use the spa while under the influence of hypnotics. Richard Morgan, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

French or Late Latin; French hypnotique, from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnōtikos, from hypnoun to put to sleep, from hypnos

First Known Use

Adjective

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypnotic was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Hypnotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

hypnotic

1 of 2 adjective
hyp·​not·​ic hip-ˈnät-ik How to pronounce hypnotic (audio)
1
: tending to cause sleep
2
: of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism
hypnotically adverb

hypnotic

2 of 2 noun
: an agent (as a drug) that causes or tends to cause sleep

Medical Definition

hypnotic

1 of 2 adjective
hyp·​not·​ic hip-ˈnät-ik How to pronounce hypnotic (audio)
1
: tending to produce sleep : soporific
2
: of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism
hypnotically adverb

hypnotic

2 of 2 noun
1
: a sleep-inducing agent : soporific
2
: one that is or can be hypnotized

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