hyp·​no·​tism | \ ˈhip-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce hypnotism (audio) \

Definition of hypnotism

1 : the study or act of inducing hypnosis — compare mesmerism

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hypnotist \ ˈhip-​nə-​(ˌ)tist How to pronounce hypnotism (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hypnotism in a Sentence

a psychologist who employs hypnotism to treat his patients some people have undergone hypnotism in order to induce them to give up their smoking habit
Recent Examples on the Web Proponents say hypnotism deserves more attention from mainstream medicine as it has been used to treat anxiety, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 His version of Bram Stoker's villain speaks stiltedly, slinks across the screen with a hypnotic menace and then performs actual hypnotism on unwitting victims. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 28 Oct. 2021 For various reasons, the mentioning of being hypnotized or being the subject of hypnotism is considered misleading and potentially outright misapplied. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Throughout his life, Appleby developed a devotion to New Thought philosophy and embraced different practices such as hypnotism. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 Not unlike today, people turned to quack cures for relief, including water therapy and mesmerism, which involved hypnotism and the use of magnets. Ann Levin, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2021 Tommy Vee bring his hypnotism show to the Big E for just six days. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 3 Sep. 2019 The combination of soft lighting, soothing music, and Mesmer’s enthralling movements around the room produced what is now recognized as a form of hypnotism. National Geographic, 5 Mar. 2019 The hypnotism was like a one-act play within the show itself, said Gadon. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, 25 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hypnotism

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hypnotism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotism. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for hypnotism


hyp·​no·​tism | \ ˈhip-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce hypnotism (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypnotism

: the act or practice of producing a state like sleep in a person in which he or she will respond to suggestions made by the hypnotist


hyp·​no·​tism | \ ˈhip-nə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce hypnotism (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypnotism

1 : the study or act of inducing hypnosis — compare mesmerism

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Nglish: Translation of hypnotism for Spanish Speakers

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