Definition of Hypnotic

1. Noun. A drug that induces sleep.

Exact synonyms: Soporific
Generic synonyms: Drug, Hypnagogue
Specialized synonyms: Narcoleptic, Sleeping Capsule, Sleeping Draught, Sleeping Pill, Sleeping Tablet
Derivative terms: Soporific, Soporific

2. Adjective. Of or relating to hypnosis.
Partainyms: Hypnosis

3. Adjective. Attracting and holding interest as if by a spell. "A spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome"
Exact synonyms: Mesmeric, Mesmerizing, Spellbinding
Similar to: Attractive
Derivative terms: Hypnosis, Mesmerism

Definition of Hypnotic

1. a. Having the quality of producing sleep; tending to produce sleep; soporific.

2. n. Any agent that produces, or tends to produce, sleep; an opiate; a soporific; a narcotic.

Definition of Hypnotic

1. Adjective. Of, or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism. ¹

2. Adjective. Inducing sleep; soporific. ¹

3. Noun. A person who is, or can be, hypnotized. ¹

4. Noun. A soporific substance. ¹

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Definition of Hypnotic

1. a sleep-inducing drug [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hypnotic

1. A drug that acts to induce sleep, drowsiness or to reduce psychological excitement or anxiety. Origin: Gr. Hypnotikos (11 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hypnotic

hypnopompic hallucination
hypnopompic image
hypnotic (current term)
hypnotic psychotherapy
hypnotic relationship
hypnotic sleep
hypnotic state
hypnotic suggestion
hypnotic trance

Literary usage of Hypnotic

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"As a simple hypnotic 3 grains is a sufficient initial dose; seldom, ... As a hypnotic, given in hot water, milk, or tea, it usually induces sleep in a ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1894)
"Whatever was squeezed out was collected in a bottle. It is equally important to sterilize the skin of the patient when injections are made. FPN The hypnotic ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1894)
"FPN The hypnotic Action of ... because of its hypnotic action and because it was better tolerated and left no after-effects. ..."

4. A Plan for the Study of Man: With Reference to Bills to Establish a by Arthur MacDonald (1902)
"Then 1 began to be very delirious [patient now passes from hypnotic into a delirious state] and talked incessantly about a railroad accident; my husband is ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Other Peculiar Nervous Phenomena of the hypnotic State. ... There is a class of phenomena referred to the hypnotic state of a very doubtful character, ..."

6. Symptomatology, Psychognosis, and Diagnosis of Psychopathic Diseases by Boris Sidis (1914)
"CHAPTER XXII hypnotic HALLUCINATIONS WHEN we first formed our acquaintance with hypnotic phenomena, we had many reports of the wonderful feats possible in ..."

7. Your Psychic Powers and how to Develop Them by Hereward Carrington (1920)
"i HYPNOTISM AND MESMERISM REMARKABLE hypnotic PHENOMENA. Post-hypnotic suggestion is a form of treatment often resorted to and is a good subject for ..."

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