the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
the act of hypnotizing.

shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795–1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism

hypnotist, noun
hypnotistic, adjective
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hypnotism (ˈhɪpnəˌtɪzəm)
1.  the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
2.  the process of inducing hypnosis

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Word Origin & History

1843, short for neuro-hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from hypnotic (q.v.) + -ism. In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize.
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hypnotism hyp·no·tism (hĭp'nə-tĭz'əm)

  1. The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.

  2. The act of inducing hypnosis.

hyp'no·tist n.
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The act of hypnotism only serves as a focusing piece for the otherwise unfocused.
He studied hypnotism, acupuncture and theology and was fascinated by the ways things worked.
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