Definition of somnific in English:



  • Tending to induce sleep; soporific.

    ‘somnific medicines’
    • ‘I was powerfully affected by the changeless somnific quality of Zara's tones.’
    • ‘Battus is seen seated with his back to the spectator, sinking under the somnific influence of the pipe of Mercury.’
    • ‘He writes of these prayers as "empty words delivered in a somnific monotone as members and staff shuffle about, obviously paying no attention."’
    • ‘He should not stigmatize the world for being sleepy, when he himself has given a somnific influence to all his readers.’
    • ‘He threw himself upon a heap of straw that lay on the floor, and soon forgot his desperate situation in the arms of the somnific deity.’
    sleep-inducing, somnolent, sedative, calmative, tranquillizing, narcotic, opiate, drowsy, sleepy, somniferous
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Early 18th century: from Latin somnificus, from somnus ‘sleep’.