Definition of altered state in English:

altered state


  • A state of mind that differs from the normal state of consciousness, typically one induced by drugs, hypnosis, or mental disorder:

    ‘he probably came up with this tune while he was in an altered state’
    • ‘Humans have always sought means to attain altered states of consciousness.’
    • ‘From animal minds to artificial intelligence, altered states to the depths of coma - the conundrum of consciousness has everyone stumped.’
    • ‘You're in an altered state by way of infatuation.’
    • ‘A dearth of scientific investigation of altered states in hypnosis is one motivation for examining altered states in meditation.’
    • ‘I have heard from homeopathic practitioners of highly reduced remedies that can bring about "altered states."’
    • ‘This altered state, in turn, affects our minds.’
    • ‘Tart considers a hypnotized person to be in an altered state.’
    • ‘The adult Ananda tribesman may spend his entire life in this altered state the natives call Dream Time.’
    • ‘In CRV, you don't need to get into an altered state.’
    • ‘Combined with the eerie music, the picture put me in something close to an altered state.’
    • ‘Mom's description of swimming feet off ground, face in water sounded suspiciously like another altered state.’
    • ‘The supplicant would make the sacramental pipes which, through contact with the mouth, induced the altered state.’
    • ‘The rock art is a record of what they had seen in those altered states.’
    • ‘However, other people score moderately high on suggestibility (hypnotizability) scales yet do not develop evidence of an altered state.’
    • ‘Or he just couldn't remember it in his altered state.’
    • ‘It also contains two remarkable representations of the altered state.’
    • ‘He is far from the first celeb to show up on TV in an altered state.’
    • ‘There is much to say; I remember much and remembrance often puts me into altered states.’
    • ‘I swear that I went into an altered state.’
    • ‘The sad thing is that I was envious of her altered state.’