Word of the day

The word for today is…

hypnosis (noun) – 1. An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterised by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction.
2. Hypnotism.
3. A sleeplike condition.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1869, “the coming on of sleep,” coined (as an alternative to hypnotism) from hypno- “sleep” + -osis “condition.” But the distinction was not sustained, and by 1880 hypnosis was being used of artificially induced conditions.


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