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hypnotism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hypnotism  \Hyp"no*tism\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  sleep:  cf  F.  hypnotisme.] 
  A  form  of  sleep  or  somnambulism  brought  on  by  artificial 
  means  in  which  there  is  an  unusual  suspension  of  some 
  powers,  and  an  unusual  activity  of  others  It  is  induced  by 
  an  action  upon  the  nerves,  through  the  medium  of  the  senses 
  as  in  persons  of  very  feeble  organization,  by  gazing  steadly 
  at  a  very  bright  object  held  before  the  eyes,  or  by  pressure 
  upon  certain  points  of  the  surface  of  the  body. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hypnotism 
  n  :  the  act  of  inducing  hypnosis  [syn:  {mesmerism},  {suggestion}] 




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