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glossolalia

[glos-uh-ley-lee-uh, glaw-suh-] /ˌglɒs əˈleɪ li ə, ˌglɔ sə-/
noun
1.
incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; glosso- + -lalia
Related forms
glossolalist
[glo-sol-uh-list, glaw-] /glɒˈsɒl ə lɪst, glɔ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for glossolalia

glossolalia

/ˌɡlɒsəˈleɪlɪə/
noun
1.
another term for gift of tongues
2.
(psychol) babbling in a nonexistent language
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from glosso- + Greek lalein to speak, babble
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Word Origin and History for glossolalia
n.

"speaking in tongues," 1879, from Greek glossa "tongue, language" (see gloss (n.2)) + lalia "talk, prattle, a speaking," from lalein "to speak, prattle," of echoic origin.

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glossolalia in Medicine

glossolalia glos·so·la·li·a (glô'sə-lā'lē-ə)
n.
Fabricated, nonmeaningful speech, especially associated with trances or certain schizophrenic syndromes.

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