hypnotic

adjective
hyp·​not·​ic | \ hip-ˈnä-tik How to pronounce hypnotic (audio) \

Definition of hypnotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tending to produce sleep : soporific
2a : of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism
b : readily holding the attention a hypnotic personality a simple hypnotic beat

hypnotic

noun

Definition of hypnotic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from hypnotic

Adjective

hypnotically \ hip-​ˈnä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypnotic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for hypnotic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As the camera zooms deep into the inky, undulating blobs formed by his painterly daubs, these ambling discourses develop an almost hypnotic quality. John Semley, The New Republic, "Painting With John Perfects the Art of Instruction," 5 Feb. 2021 These bands used the basic instrumentation of rock to create highly cinematic pieces influenced by film scores and the hypnotic repetition of classical minimalism. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘G_d’s Pee at State’s End!’ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Soundtrack to the End of the World," 29 Mar. 2021 First stop, south of the border to Peru with a hypnotic arrangement of El Condor Pasa. From The Community, Chron, "Woodlands Youth Symphony offers 'Four Corners' concert Thursday," 22 Mar. 2021 Especially regarding the latter, even though the footage is still in black and white, there’s something hypnotic about the improvement that’s hard to describe. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "I’m completely addicted to this incredible YouTube channel," 6 Mar. 2021 The performance is trippy, with hypnotic background visuals, and Camilo is accompanied by a few backing musicians. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, "Camilo Makes Late Night Debut With ‘Ropa Cara’ on ‘Fallon’," 18 Mar. 2021 Part of the hypnotic appeal of the Peloton instructor monologue is how seamlessly the commentary slips into jargon about cadence and resistance. New York Times, "This Is Your Brain on Peloton," 16 Mar. 2021 This hypnotic and deeply cerebral exploration is a seductive escape. Washington Post, "Amanda Dennis’s ‘Her Here’ is a spellbinding existential thriller," 11 Mar. 2021 Yet in the blustery skies above Kern County’s Tehachapi Mountains — where towering wind turbines churn with hypnotic rhythm — renewable energy and wildlife preservation appear to be headed for a disastrous collision. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Portland energy company will breed California condors to replace any birds killed by turbine blades," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the Colorado Renaissance Festival," 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, "Report: Heroin dealers try to sell at methadone clinics, 12-step meetings," 7 July 2017 There are signs warning visitors not to use the spa while under the influence of hypnotics. Richard Morgan, New York Times, "A Korean Spa Offers Saunas, Bibimbap and a Taste of Home in New Jersey," 2 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of hypnotic

Adjective

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypnotic

Adjective

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

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The first known use of hypnotic was in 1625

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15 Apr 2021

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“Hypnotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotic. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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hypnotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hypnotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to hypnosis
: tending to cause sleep or relaxation
: attractive or interesting in a powerful or mysterious way

hypnotic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hypnotic (Entry 2 of 2)

medical : a drug that causes sleep

hypnotic

adjective
hyp·​not·​ic | \ hip-ˈnä-tik How to pronounce hypnotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypnotic

1 : of or relating to hypnosis a hypnotic state
2 : having an effect like that of hypnosis a hypnotic rhythm

hypnotic

adjective
hyp·​not·​ic | \ hip-ˈnät-ik How to pronounce hypnotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypnotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tending to produce sleep : soporific
2 : of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism

Other Words from hypnotic

hypnotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypnotic (audio) \ adverb

hypnotic

noun

Medical Definition of hypnotic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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