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 for Hypnotism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hypnotism \Hyp"no*tism\, n. [Gr. ? sleep: cf. F. hypnotisme.]
     1. A form of sleep or trance, in some respects resembling
        somnambulism, but brought on by artificial means, in which
        there is an unusual suspension of some powers, and an
        unusual activity of others, especially a heightened
        susceptibility to suggestion. It is induced by an action
        upon the nerves, through the medium of the senses, by
        causing the subject to gaze steadily at a very bright
        object held before the eyes, or on an oscillating object,
        or by pressure upon certain points of the surface of the
        body, usually accompanied by the speaking of the hypnotist
        in quiet soothing tones. Called also hypnosis.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     2. The science which deals with the induction and properties
        of the hypnotic state.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of inducing hypnosis [syn: hypnotism,
           mesmerism, suggestion]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  80 Moby Thesaurus words for "hypnotism":
     Arica movement, Erhard Seminars Training, New Consciousness,
     Pentothal interview, SAT, T-group, animal magnetism,
     assertiveness training, autosuggestion, behavior modification,
     behavior therapy, bioenergetics, biofeedback,
     confrontation therapy, conjoint therapy, consciousness raising,
     counseling, directive therapy, encounter therapy, est,
     family training, feminist therapy, gestalt therapy,
     group psychotherapy, group relations training,
     group sensitivity training, group therapy, humanistic therapy,
     hypnoanalysis, hypnology, hypnosis, hypnotherapy,
     hypnotic suggestion, marathon, marriage encounter, mesmerism,
     mesmerization, mind cure, narcoanalysis, narcohypnosis,
     narcosynthesis, narcotherapy, nondirective therapy,
     occupational therapy, od, odyl, odylic force, pastoral counseling,
     play therapy, posthypnotic suggestion, power of suggestion,
     primal therapy, prolonged narcosis, psychodrama,
     psychological counseling, psychosurgery, psychosynthesis,
     psychotherapeutics, psychotherapy, radical therapy,
     rational-emotive therapy, reality therapy, recreational therapy,
     regression therapy, release therapy, scream therapy, self-hypnosis,
     self-suggestion, sensitivity training, sensory awareness training,
     sleep treatment, suggestibility, suggestion therapy, suggestionism,
     supportive therapy, training group, transactional analysis,
     transcendental meditation, transpersonal therapy,
     vocational therapy

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