glossolalia

noun
glos·​so·​la·​lia | \ ˌglä-sə-ˈlā-lē-ə How to pronounce glossolalia (audio) , ˌglȯ- \

Definition of glossolalia

Other Words from glossolalia

glossolalist \ ˌglä-​sə-​ˈlā-​list How to pronounce glossolalia (audio) , ˌglȯ-​ \ noun

Examples of glossolalia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two bounced off each other in a glossolalia of gassing each other up. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 It’s tent-revival glossolalia made up of advertising slogans, memes and media jargon. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 In a small but effective artistic choice, characters talk in crackling, subtitled glossolalia, punctuated only by the occasional intelligible word. Adi Robertson, The Verge, 29 Apr. 2018 In a small but effective artistic choice, characters talk in crackling, subtitled glossolalia, punctuated only by the occasional intelligible word. Adi Robertson, The Verge, 29 Apr. 2018 These gifts include healing, prophecy and glossolalia. The Economist, 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of glossolalia

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glossolalia

probably borrowed from German Glossolalie, Glossolalia, from glosso- glosso- + Greek laliá "talk, speech" (from laléō, laleîn "to talk, chat"—of onomatopoeic origin— + -ia -ia entry 1), after Greek laleîn glṓssais and variants in the New Testament (as Acts 2:4), conventionally translated "to speak in tongues"

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“Glossolalia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glossolalia. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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glossolalia

noun
glos·​so·​la·​lia | \ ˌgläs-ə-ˈlā-lē-ə, ˌglȯs- How to pronounce glossolalia (audio) \

Medical Definition of glossolalia

: profuse and often emotionally charged speech that mimics coherent speech but is usually unintelligible to the listener and that is uttered in some states of religious ecstasy and in some schizophrenic states

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