soporific

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EtymologyEdit

From French soporifique, from Latin sopor (deep sleep), from Proto-Indo-European *swepōr, from Proto-Indo-European *swep-. Unrelated to stupor (distinct in Proto-Indo-European).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsɒp.əˈɹɪf.ɪk/, /ˌsoʊ.pəˈɹɪf.ɪk/

NounEdit

soporific (plural soporifics)

  1. Something inducing sleep, especially a drug.
    The doctor prescribed a soporific to help the patient sleep.
  2. (figuratively) Something boring or dull.

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soporific (comparative more soporific, superlative most soporific)

  1. Tending to induce sleep.
    The professor delivered a soporific lecture.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book V, chapter i
      For we are not here to understand, as perhaps some have, that an author actually falls asleep while he is writing. It is true, that readers are too apt to be so overtaken; [] To say the truth, these soporific parts are so many scenes of serious artfully interwoven, in order to contrast and set off the rest;
  2. (figuratively) boring, dull

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French soporifique

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soporific 4 nom/acc forms

  1. soporific

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Last modified on 1 December 2013, at 02:02