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



BrE BrE//hɪpˈnɒtɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//hɪpˈnɑːtɪk//
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(specialist) a drug that makes you sleep; a sleeping pill 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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