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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hypnotic mean? 

  The noun HYPNOTIC has 1 sense:

1. a drug that induces sleep

  Familiarity information: HYPNOTIC used as a noun is very rare.

HYPNOTIC (adjective)
  The adjective HYPNOTIC has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to hypnosis
2. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell

  Familiarity information: HYPNOTIC used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1hypnotic [BACK TO TOP]


A drug that induces sleep

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


hypnotic; soporific

Hypernyms ("hypnotic" is a kind of...):

drug (a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic)

hypnagogue (an agent that induces drowsiness or sleep)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hypnotic"):

narcoleptic (a soporific drug that produces an uncontrollable desire to sleep)

sleeping capsule; sleeping draught; sleeping pill; sleeping tablet (a soporific drug in the form of a pill (or tablet or capsule))

HYPNOTIC (adjective)

Sense 1hypnotic [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to hypnosis

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


hypnosis (a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion)

Sense 2hypnotic [BACK TO TOP]


Attracting and holding interest as if by a spell


mesmeric; mesmerizing; spellbinding; hypnotic

Context examples:

read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice / she had a warm mesmeric charm / the sheer force of his presence was mesmerizing / a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome


attractive (pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm)

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