One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tending to induce sleep; soporific.‘somnific medicines’
sleep-inducing, somnolent, sedative, calmative, tranquillizing, narcotic, opiate, drowsy, sleepy, somniferousView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Battus is seen seated with his back to the spectator, sinking under the somnific influence of the pipe of Mercury.’
- ‘I was powerfully affected by the changeless somnific quality of Zara's tones.’
- ‘He writes of these prayers as "empty words delivered in a somnific monotone as members and staff shuffle about, obviously paying no attention."’
Early 18th century: from Latin somnificus, from somnus ‘sleep’.
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