hypnotism

noun
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 hypnotist (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 Tommy Vee bring his hypnotism show to the Big E for just six days. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "What’s happening at this year’s Big E? These 10 things might just surprise you," 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, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 The hypnotism was like a one-act play within the show itself, said Gadon. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 Harron and Polley also built tension by contrasting the hypnotism against flashbacks and reveries that were filmed and lit in a completely different way. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 The lecture mixed neurological theory and armchair anthropology, and ranged over subjects including premonitions, telepathy, hypnotism, hallucinations, and epileptic and migrainous aura. Katherine Foxhall, Smithsonian, "No, Getting a Hole Drilled in Your Head Was Never a Migraine Cure," 6 Mar. 2018 His nightstand in the weeks following his assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 could have theoretically included the novel Mission in Tangier, the self-help book Psycho-Cibernetics, or a manual on hypnotism. Bécquer Seguín, Slate Magazine, "Exotic Minutiae," 21 July 2017 The files revealed the experiments tested drugs (like LSD), sensory deprivation, hypnotism and electroshock on everyone from agency operatives to prostitutes, recovering drug addicts and prisoners—often without their consent. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America," 22 May 2017 Séances were a fad; so were hypnotism, chiromancy and telepathy. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "The New York Times," 29 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of hypnotism

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hypnotism was in 1842

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“Hypnotism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotism. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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hypnotism

noun
How to pronounce hypnotism (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hypnotism

: the act or practice of putting people into a state of hypnosis

hypnotism

noun
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

hypnotism

noun
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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