- causing sleep; soporific
- of, characterized by, having the nature of, or inducing hypnosis
- easily hypnotized
Origin of hypnoticFrench or LL: French hypnotique from Late Latin hypnoticus from Classical Greek hypn?tikos, tending to sleep from hypnos: see hypno-
- any agent causing sleep; soporific
- a hypnotized person or one easily hypnotized
- a. Of or relating to hypnosis.b. Of or relating to hypnotism.
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific: read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice.
- a. A person who is hypnotized.b. A person who can be hypnotized.
- An agent that causes sleep; a soporific.
Origin of hypnoticFrench hypnotique from Late Latin hypnōticus inducing sleep from Greek hupnōtikos from hupnoun to put to sleep from hupnos sleep ; see swep- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more hypnotic, superlative most hypnotic)
From French hypnotique (“inclined to sleep, soporific”), from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Ancient Greek ὑπνωτικός (hupnōtikos, “inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy”), from ὑπνῶ (hupnō, “I put to sleep”), from ὕπνος (hupnos, “sleep”).