Definition of soporific in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsäpəˈrifik/


1Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep: the motion of the train had a somewhat soporific effect
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  • Instead, I stood mesmerised by his soporific chanting.
  • I shook my head and looked down at Shadow, now resting peacefully, the soporific noises of the waterfall lulling him to sleep.
  • His voice is hypnotic, soporific - the kind of voice that could mesmerise you into taking all your clothes off and biting into an onion.
1.1Sleepy or drowsy: some medicine made her soporific
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  • Those intrusions of the world outside awaken me from my soporific slumber, as I dwell in drowsy numbness, as though of hemlock I have drunk.
  • In our sleepy little town where things moved with the soporific gait of undersea vegetation, high fashion made its startling appearance all of a sudden!
  • The combined talents of Larsson and his English foil were responsible for earning Celtic an early lead, but soporific defending also helped the home cause.
1.2Tediously boring or monotonous: a libel trial is in large parts intensely soporific
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  • The pros and cons of this fanciful idea are hard to assess, since he talks in a soporific monotone that renders half of what he says inaudible.
  • No matter what your allegiances - we need a contest of ideas at the next election - and we look like we will get a contest of the soporific, idea-less and boring.
  • I certainly wouldn't read books if they were boring, irrelevant and soporific - which is how most high school kids regard the classics of world literature.
sleep-inducing, sedative, somnolent, calmative, tranquilizing, narcotic, opiate;
drowsy, sleepy, somniferous;
Medicine  hypnotic


A drug or other agent that induces sleep.
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  • The meal was light - perhaps eggs and a posset (hot milk fortified with sugar, spices, eggs, and wine, brandy, or ale, and on one notable occasion with additional soporifics by Lady Macbeth).
  • When Walter was courting India, he spoke to her one night of Ruskin (she was impressed), but by middle age he reads only mystery novels, ‘as soporifics.’
  • Having once driven a Volvo - although not the admirable, if underpowered, 1800 - the Professor has little faith in the Swede's ability to produce anything but soporifics.
sleeping pill, sedative, calmative, tranquilizer, narcotic, opiate;
Medicine  hypnotic



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • The album is also a loose musing on life itself: things begins blissfully if slightly soporifically before getting very interesting in the middle.
  • It begins with a shadow-play featuring a man about to be crushed by a giant boot, then ambles soporifically to its mid-point.
  • The quality and conviction of her performance almost rescued even that most soporifically self-important of police dramas Inspector Morse.


Mid 17th century: from Latin sopor 'sleep' + -ific.

Words that rhyme with soporific

anaglyphic, beatific, calorific, colorific, hieroglyphic, honorific, horrific, Indo-Pacific, pacific, prolific, scientific, specific, terrific, transpacific, triglyphic

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Syllabification: sop·o·rif·ic

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