oneiric

adjective onei·ric \ ō-ˈnī-rik \
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of oneiric

: of or relating to dreams : dreamy
  • those oneiric images that have had so profound an effect on certain kinds of twentieth-century art
  • —J. T. Soby

oneirically

play \ō-ˈnī-ri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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The notion of using the Greek noun oneiros (meaning "dream") to form the English adjective "oneiric" wasn't dreamed up until the mid-19th century. But back in the early 1600s, linguistic dreamers came up with a few "oneiros" spin-offs, giving English "oneirocriticism," "oneirocritical," and "oneirocritic" (each referring to dream interpreters or interpretation). The surge in "oneiros" derivatives at that time may have been fueled by the interest then among English-speaking scholars in Oneirocritica, a book about dream interpretation by 2nd-century Greek soothsayer Artemidorus Daldianus.

Origin and Etymology of oneiric

Greek oneiros dream; akin to Armenian anurǰ dream


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oneiric

adjective onei·ric \ ō-ˈnī-rik \

medical Definition of oneiric

1 : of or relating to dreams
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by oneirism

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