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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At Kings Theatre, the Baltimore band Beach House runs through a lush, hypnotic catalogue (July 19-20). Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 Klaus Schulze, a German electronic musician whose hypnotic, pulsating, swirling compositions filled five decades of solo albums, collaborations and film scores, died Tuesday. Jon Pareles, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 Lambert pays ode to folks out in the country getting in done on this somewhere odd, but strangely hypnotic track. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Klaus Schulze, a German electronic musician whose hypnotic, pulsating, swirling compositions filled five decades of solo albums, collaborations and film scores, died on Tuesday. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The surreal effect of this layout is enhanced by David Neumann‘s choreography, which keeps the mass of bodies in hypnotic motion. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Spaceman continues to fine-tune his astral pop sound with shocking consistency throughout the familiar but delightfully hypnotic space rock album. Grace Ann Natanawan, SPIN, 27 Apr. 2022 At the main entrance, two portals opened onto a giant skull glowing with hypnotic patterns and a massive electric tree with fluorescent leaves. Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 The next year, a hypnotic Spring-Summer collection by Roberto Cavalli saw crocheted ponchos, long, billowing skirts paired with string-tie bikini tops, fur vests and even embellished fedoras storm the runway. Leah Dolan, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 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, 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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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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9 May 2022

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“Hypnotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotic. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hypnotic

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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