hypnotic vs mesmeric what difference

what is difference between hypnotic and mesmeric


Alternative forms

  • hypnotick (obsolete)


From French hypnotique (inclined to sleep, soporific), from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Ancient Greek ὑπνωτικός (hupnōtikós, inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy), from ὑπνῶ (hupnô, I put to sleep), from ὕπνος (húpnos, sleep).


  • IPA(key): /hɪpˈnɒtɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk


hypnotic (comparative more hypnotic, superlative most hypnotic)

  1. Of, or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
  2. (pharmacology) Inducing sleep; soporific.


  • captivating
  • mesmeric

Derived terms

  • hypnotically

Related terms

  • hypnotize
  • hypnotism
  • hypnotist
  • hypnosis



hypnotic (plural hypnotics)

  1. A person who is, or can be, hypnotized.
  2. (pharmacology) A soporific substance.


Further reading

  • hypnotic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • hypnotic in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • Pythonic, Typhonic, phytonic, pythonic, typhonic



  • Rhymes: -ɛrɪk


mesmeric (comparative more mesmeric, superlative most mesmeric)

  1. of or relating to mesmerism or mesmerization
    • 1890, Lafcadio Hearn, Karma, in Karma and Other Stories and Essays, London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1921, Chapter VI, p. 36, [1]
      Even were he to write a lie, he could not meet her and maintain it, with her eyes upon his face: they had uttermost power over him—power as of life and death,—those fine grey sweet mesmeric eyes !
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VIII, p. 125, [2]
      Then suddenly he remembered something Differ had often talked about, what he called the Suggestive Power of the Written Word, the making, by means of arrangements of word and phrase, of mesmeric passes as it were before the reader’s mind in order to convince—that was Differ’s word, Convince!—Convince Against All Reason.
    • 1990, A.S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance, New York: Random House, Chapter 6, p. 113,
      She was a firm believer in mesmeric healing, from which she claimed to have benefited greatly, and she was also very much involved in the spiritualist experiments of those days []

Derived terms

  • mesmerically


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