hypnotic vs mesmerizing what difference

what is difference between hypnotic and mesmerizing

English

Alternative forms

  • hypnotick (obsolete)

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

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

Adjective

hypnotic (comparative more hypnotic, superlative most hypnotic)

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

Synonyms

  • captivating
  • mesmeric

Derived terms

  • hypnotically

Related terms

  • hypnotize
  • hypnotism
  • hypnotist
  • hypnosis

Translations

Noun

hypnotic (plural hypnotics)

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

Translations

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.

Anagrams

  • Pythonic, Typhonic, phytonic, pythonic, typhonic


English

Verb

mesmerizing

  1. present participle of mesmerize

Adjective

mesmerizing (comparative more mesmerizing, superlative most mesmerizing)

  1. Exercising mesmerism on; spellbinding; enthralling.
    a mesmerizing lava lamp

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