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somnific Line breaks: som|nif¦ic
Pronunciation: /sɒmˈnɪfɪk/

Definition of somnific in English:


Tending to induce sleep; soporific: somnific medicines
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  • I was powerfully affected by the changeless somnific quality of Zara's tones.
  • He threw himself upon a heap of straw that lay on the floor, and soon forgot his desperate situation in the arms of the somnific deity.
  • Battus is seen seated with his back to the spectator, sinking under the somnific influence of the pipe of Mercury.


Early 18th century: from Latin somnificus, from somnus 'sleep'.

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