soporific 1680s, from Fr. soporifique (1687), formed in French from L. sopor (gen. soporis) "deep sleep," from a causative form of the PIE root *swep- "to sleep" (see SOMNOLENCE (Cf. somnolence)).

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  • soporific — SOPORÍFIC, Ă, soporifici, ce, adj., s.n. (livr.) Somnifer. – Din fr. soporifique. Trimis de cata, 23.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  SOPORÍFIC s., adj. v. somnifer. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  soporí …   Dicționar Român

  • Soporific — Sop o*rif ic (?; 277), a. [L. sopor a heavy sleep (akin to somnus sleep) + facere to make. See {Somnolent}, {Fact}.] Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep; soporiferous; as, the soporific virtues of opium. [1913 Webster] Syn: Somniferous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soporific — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inducing drowsiness or sleep. ► NOUN ▪ a soporific drug or other agent. DERIVATIVES soporifically adverb. ORIGIN from Latin sopor sleep …   English terms dictionary

  • Soporific — Sop o*rif ic, n. A medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep; a narcotic. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soporific — index drug, narcotic (adjective) and (noun), pedestrian Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • soporific — [adj] sleepy; sleep inducing anesthetic, balmy, calming, deadening, dozy*, drowsy, dull, hypnotic, mesmerizing, narcotic, nodding, numbing, opiate, quietening, sedative, slumberous, snoozy*, somniferous, somnolent, soothing, tranquilizing;… …   New thesaurus

  • soporific — [säp΄ərif′ər əs, sō΄pərif′ər əssäp΄ə rif′ik, sō΄pərif′ik] adj. [Fr soporifique: see SOPOR & FIC] 1. causing or tending to cause sleep: also soporiferous [säp΄ərif′ər əs, sō΄pərif′ər əs] 2. of or characterized by sleep or sleepiness n. something,… …   English World dictionary

  • Soporific — Something such as a drug that causes or induces profound sleep. Tending to cause sleep or to dull the sense of awareness or alertness. The word soporific is derived from sopor meaning deep sleep. The root is somnus, the Latin for sleep (and the… …   Medical dictionary

  • soporific — [[t]sɒ̱pərɪ̱fɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is soporific makes you feel sleepy. [FORMAL] The warmth of the room and the monotony of the speaker s voice grew soporific. ...the soporific effect of the alcohol …   English dictionary

  • soporific — 1. adjective 1) soporific drugs Syn: sleep inducing, sedative, somnolent, calmative, tranquilizing, narcotic, opiate; drowsy, sleepy, somniferous; Medicine hypnotic Ant: invigorating 2) a soporific …   Thesaurus of popular words

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