Definition of somniferous in English:


Line breaks: som|nif¦er|ous
Pronunciation: /sɒmˈnɪf(ə)rəs


  • Tending to induce sleep; soporific: lifeless actors made the experience even more somniferous for the audiences
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    • They all indulge in their familiar, somniferous spiels.
    • This book helps put aside what the late Prof. Takaaki Aikawa described as the ‘somniferous romanticism’ with which the Westerner approaches Japanese studies.
    • In somniferous mumbles, he reads aloud the entire song.


early 17th century: from Latin somnifer (from somnium 'dream') + -ous.

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