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soporific

adjective sop·o·rif·ic \ ˌsä-pə-ˈri-fik \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of soporific

1 a :causing or tending to cause sleep
  • soporific drugs
b :tending to dull awareness or alertness
2 :of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy

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Examples of soporific in a Sentence

  1. the soporific heat of summer

  2. this medication is soporific, so do not drive after taking it

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Did You Know?

"It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is 'soporific.' I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuces; but then I am not a rabbit." In The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter, the children of Benjamin Bunny were very nearly done in by Mr. McGregor because they ate soporific lettuces that put them into a deep sleep. Their near fate can help you recall the history of soporific. The term traces to the Latin noun sopor, which means "deep sleep." (That root is related to somnus, the Latin word for sleep and the name of the Roman god of sleep.) French speakers used sopor as the basis of soporifique, which was probably the model for the English soporific.

Origin and Etymology of soporific

probably from French soporifique, from Latin sopor deep sleep; akin to Latin somnus sleep — more at somnolent


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soporific

noun

Definition of soporific

:a soporific agent; specifically :hypnotic 1

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First Known Use of soporific

circa 1727


SOPORIFIC Defined for English Language Learners

soporific

adjective

Definition of soporific for English Language Learners

  • : causing a person to become tired and ready to fall asleep


Medical Dictionary

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soporific

adjective so·po·rif·ic \ -ˈrif-ik \

medical Definition of soporific

:causing or tending to cause sleep

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soporific

noun

medical Definition of soporific

:a soporific agent (as a drug)


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