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

hypnotist (ˈhɪpnətɪst)
a person skilled in the theory and practice of 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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Example sentences
He works odd hours, as a military reservist and a hypnotist, so he could make time to walk the corridors and advance his argument.
Then she drives off to see her hypnotist, carrying the cup for continuing solace.
To properly align the affections of these people a hypnotist is hired.
The subject used technical and scientific terminology which neither he nor the hypnotist could be expected to know.
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