Definition of hypnotic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪpˈnɒtɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪpˈnɑːtɪk//
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  1. 1making you feel as if you are going to fall asleep, especially because of a regular, repeated noise or movement synonym soporific hypnotic music His voice had an almost hypnotic effect.
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with or produced by hypnosis a hypnotic trance/state
  3. 3(of a drug) making you sleep
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French hypnotique, via late Latin from Greek hupnōtikos ‘causing sleep’, from hupnoun ‘put to sleep’, from hupnos ‘sleep’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hypnotic

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