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soporific (drug)

Definition:

a drug that induces sleep

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

soporifics

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

French soporifique (1687), formed in French from Latin sopor (genitive soporis)...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of soporific...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

somnifacient

[medicine] a sleep-inducer | [medicine] inducing sleep (6 of 177 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/somnifacient

Merriam-Webster:

hypnotic [entry 1, adjective] | somnifacient [sense-specific] | soporific [synonym, sense-specific] | drowsy [synonym, sense-specific] | narcotic [synonym, sense-specific] | opiate [synonym, sense-specific] | sleepy [synonym, sense-specific] | slumberous [synonym, sense-specific] | somniferous [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

tending to produce sleep; "soporific" | of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism ; readily holding the attention (17 of 158 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hypnotic

Random House Dictionary:

somnifacient

causing or inducing sleep. | a drug or other agent that induces or tends to induce sleep. (16 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/somnifacient

Wiktionary:

somnifacient | somnifacients [plural]

inducing or causing sleep | any pharmaceutical product that causes sleep (10 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/somnifacient

American Heritage Dictionary:

somnifacient

Tending to produce sleep; hypnotic. (5 of 10 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/somnifacient

Wikipedia:

Hypnotic | soporific

drugs are a class of psychoactives whose primary function is to induce sleep and to be used in the treatment of insomnia, and in surgical anesthesia. When used in anesthesia to produce and maintain unconsciousness, "sleep" is metaphorical as there are... (41 of 1911 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Hypnotic

Oxford Dictionary:

soporific | soporifically [derived]

tending to induce drowsiness or sleep | sleepy or drowsy | tediously boring or monotonous | a drug or other substance that induces drowsiness or ... (22 of 82 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/soporific

Macmillan British Dictionary:

soporific [formal]

something that is soporific makes you want to sleep ; used about things that are very boring (17 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/soporific

New World Dictionary:

soporific | soporiferous [sense-specific]

causing or tending to cause sleep | of or characterized by sleep or sleepiness | something, as a drug, that causes sleep (20 of 34 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soporific

Cambridge Dictionary:

soporific | soporifically [adverb, derived]

causing sleep or making a person want to sleep (9 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/soporific

Britannica Encyclopedia:

drug [chemical agent]

any chemical substance that affects the functioning of living things and the organisms that infect them. Pharmacology, the science of drugs, deals ... (22 of 1390 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/171942​/drug

Encarta Dictionary:

somnifacient

describes a drug designed to induce sleep (7 of 17 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710328​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

soporific

First use: 1680s

Origin: French soporifique (1687), formed in French from Latin sopor (genitive soporis) "deep sleep", from a causative form of the ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=soporific

Wiktionary:

soporific | soporifics [plural]

Origin: 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).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/soporific

Oxford Dictionary:

soporific

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Latin sopor "sleep" + -ific

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/soporific

New World Dictionary:

soporific

Origin: French soporifique: see "sopor" and "-fic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soporific

Merriam-Webster:

soporific [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1665

Origin: probably from French soporifique, from Latin sopor deep sleep; akin to Latin somnus sleep

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/soporific

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

soporific

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "soporific"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

soporific [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "soporific"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/soporific

Macmillan American Dictionary:

soporific [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "soporific"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/soporific

Cambridge Dictionary:

soporific

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "soporific"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "soporific"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/soporific

the Free Dictionary:

soporific

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "soporific"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "soporific"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "soporific" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

soporific | soporifics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "soporific"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

soporific

Audio: North American pronunciation of "soporific"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sopori​02 word=soporific

YourDictionary Audio:

soporific

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "soporific" by speech synthesizer

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