Mesmerism Mes"mer*ism, n. [From Mesmer, who first brought it into notice at Vienna, about 1775: cf. F. mesm['e]risme.] An earlier name for {hypnosis} or {hypnotism}, the art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. It is believed to be a state between sleep and wakefulness, in which a person is more susceptible to suggestion than when awake. See {Animal magnetism}, under {Magnetism}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Hypnosis — Hyp*no sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? sleep.] 1. (Med.) Supervention of sleep. [1913 Webster] 2. The condition of being hypnotized or the process of hypnotizing a person; hypnotism[1]. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hypnōsis — (gr.), Einschläfrung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • hypnosis — n. A state of consciousness in which the subject loses the power to control his or her actions and becomes very sensitive to suggestion. v. hypnotize The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney… …   Law dictionary

  • hypnosis — 1869, the coming on of sleep, coined (as an alternative to hypnotism) from Gk. hypnos sleep (see SOMNOLENCE (Cf. somnolence)) + osis condition. Of an artificially induced condition, from 1880 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hypnosis — ► NOUN ▪ the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. ORIGIN from Greek hupnos sleep …   English terms dictionary

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  • Hypnosis — For the states induced by hypnotic drugs, see Sleep and Unconsciousness. Hypnotized redirects here. For other uses, see Hypnotized (disambiguation). Hypnosis Applications Hypnotherapy Stage hypnosis Self hypnosis Origins Animal magnetism Franz… …   Wikipedia

  • hypnosis — /hip noh sis/, n., pl. hypnoses / seez/. 1. an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion. 2. hypnotism. [1875 80; HYPN(OTIC) + OSIS] * * * State that resembles sleep but is… …   Universalium

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