Definition of glossolalia in English:

glossolalia

Line breaks: glos¦so|lalia
Pronunciation: /ˌglɒsəˈleɪlɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The phenomenon of (apparently) speaking in an unknown language, especially in religious worship. It is practised especially by Pentecostal and charismatic Christians.
    More example sentences
    • In charismatic Christian communities glossolalia is sacred and referred to as ‘speaking in tongues’ or having ‘the gift of tongues.’
    • The soundtrack combines Pentecostal glossolalia (speaking in tongues) with recordings of unrestrained laughter.
    • Pentecostalism takes its name from its central tenet of baptism in the Spirit and the associated experience of speaking in tongues or glossolalia.

Derivatives

glossolalic

adjective
More example sentences
  • It's definitely music, although occasionally glossolalic.
  • The passage is a scathing criticism of the pentecostalist view of the glossolalic utterance.
  • The issue largely depends on whether the oracle normally gave her responses in glossolalic or in intelligible speech.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek glōssa 'language, tongue' + lalia 'speech'.

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