One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tending to induce sleep; soporific.
mesmerizing, mesmeric, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, fascinating, irresistible, compellingView synonyms
- ‘His room is equipped with a window-mounted air conditioner - a welcome antidote to high heat indexes and, in Urlacher's case, a somniferous aid.’
- ‘This book helps put aside what the late Prof. Takaaki Aikawa described as the ‘somniferous romanticism’ with which the Westerner approaches Japanese studies.’
- ‘Elsewhere, Sleep, one of the album's stand out tracks, is about as somniferous as a pneumatic drill.’
- ‘In somniferous mumbles, he reads aloud the entire song.’
- ‘They all indulge in their familiar, somniferous spiels.’
Early 17th century: from Latin somnifer (from somnium ‘dream’) + -ous.
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