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