Definition of oneiric in English:



  • Relating to dreams or dreaming.

    • ‘Babydisco is an oneiric and playful introduction to club land: children take possession of a reduced-scale entirely rebuilt club with strong design, where night-club clichés meet childlike universe in a soft jewel box.’
    • ‘This one is especially effacacious against mundanes; not only do they lack any serious ‘firewall’ against this manner of influence, but they are generally uncritical of the impact of their oneiric contents.’
    • ‘So many electrifying images, worthy of the most intense film: an almost oneiric scene in which, amidst swirling radioactive dust, a woman - her eyes coalmine black and totally devoid of affect - clings onto the shrouded corpse of a baby.’
    • ‘Don't expect to necessarily view your actual soulmate during your oneiric journeys.’
    • ‘Reason's inability to understand, let alone tame and control the realm of dreams, suggests that dreams may be the sublime form of intelligence, an oneiric logic or law whose murmurs we ignore at our peril.’
    • ‘In the field of anthropology this narcissistic consciousness, which prefers to measure itself by its own impossibility, oneiric or otherwise, but impossible nonetheless, hasn't stayed idle.’
    • ‘Over the years, Edgar has produced evocative, atmospheric images; her recent large and medium-sized canvases are imbued with a sense of oneiric space and material richness.’
    • ‘This is what Bachelard means when he uses the word oneiric: a spurious ontology which relies on the ontic assertion of subjective experience.’
    • ‘I have gone beyond the oneiric reverie of waking and out the other side into a harsh landscape of phospherent lights that cast ever-changing shadows, eliminating all depth perception.’
    • ‘The film, Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog), like Dali's paintings of that era, summons from the unconscious oneiric images weighty with a mysterious significance that would require an interpreter to reveal.’
    • ‘Astley's is a kind of semi-ruined pastoral, a bucolic summer-hazed delirium shadowed by mumbling disquiet, in which mechanically-iterated found sounds are put into concert with an oneiric chamber music.’
    • ‘However impressive the visions are that much mediumistic art offers, they often have a fantastic or oneiric pitch, almost as if they were in a special typeface, emphasising their ‘inner’ perspective.’
    • ‘It's more challenging than Stalker and Solaris which, for all their suspension of action in slow time, retain a conventional narrative. Mirror is much more oneiric, a memory-symphony.’
    • ‘Whereas the former reveals the sacredness of the oneiric everyday through various forms of storytelling and monologue, the latter, still maintaining those modes of address, also delves into dream structure and atmosphere.’
    • ‘Again, there is a doubling: ‘A word dreamer recognizes in a man's word applied to the things of the world a sort of oneiric etymology’ Bachelard says.’
    • ‘In this spectacular climax, part oneiric and fantastical, the house on fire becomes, in its pyrotechnical wizardry, a final recalcitrant figure to Australian suburban space.’
    • ‘On the basis of written documents, we can catch a glimpse of ephemeral spaces that were at the same time orderly and oneiric, unreal.’
    • ‘Dance scenes that fly from even the pretence of naturalism to attain an oneiric expressionism…’
    • ‘The acting is superb, the editing is inspired, the noirish cinematography resonates with the oneiric mood.’
    • ‘Such details as Jean's address and vocation and marital status, even his surname, would only rob Laure's Friday night of its poetic or oneiric mystery.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek oneiros ‘dream’ + -ic.