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Monday, December 03, 2007

Definitions for soporific

  1. Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep.
  2. Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy.
  3. A medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep; a narcotic.

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Citations for soporific
Hamilton's voice droned on, hypnotic, soporific, the gloom beyond the windows like the backdrop of a waking dream. T. Coraghessan Boyle, Riven Rock
They were almost an hour behind in their daily schedule, and both women looked tired after a soporific afternoon of three executive meetings. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, News of a Kidnapping
Origin of soporific
1655-1665
Soporific is from French soporifique, from Latin sopor, "a heavy sleep" + -ficus, "-fic," from facere, "to make."