What does soporific mean?

Definitions for soporific
ˌsɒp əˈrɪf ɪk, ˌsoʊ pə-so·porif·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soporific, hypnoticadjective

    a drug that induces sleep

  2. soporific, soporiferous, somniferous, somnific, hypnogogic, hypnagogicadjective

    sleep inducing

  3. narcotic, soporiferous, soporificadjective

    inducing mental lethargy

    "a narcotic speech"


  1. soporificnoun

    Something inducing sleep, especially a drug.

    The doctor prescribed a soporific to help him sleep.

  2. soporificnoun

    Something boring or dull.

  3. soporificadjective

    Tending to induce sleep.

    The professor delivered a soporific lecture.

  4. soporificadjective

    boring, dull

  5. Etymology: From soporifique, from sopor, from swepōr, from swep-. Unrelated to stupor (distinct in Proto-Indo-European).


  1. soporific

    Hypnotic (from Greek Hypnos, sleep), or soporific drugs, commonly known as sleeping pills, are a class of (and umbrella term for) psychoactive drugs whose primary function is to induce sleep (or surgical anesthesia) and to treat insomnia (sleeplessness). This group of drugs is related to sedatives. Whereas the term sedative describes drugs that serve to calm or relieve anxiety, the term hypnotic generally describes drugs whose main purpose is to initiate, sustain, or lengthen sleep. Because these two functions frequently overlap, and because drugs in this class generally produce dose-dependent effects (ranging from anxiolysis to loss of consciousness), they are often referred to collectively as sedative-hypnotic drugs.Hypnotic drugs are regularly prescribed for insomnia and other sleep disorders, with over 95% of insomnia patients being prescribed hypnotics in some countries. Many hypnotic drugs are habit-forming and—due to many factors known to disturb the human sleep pattern—a physician may instead recommend changes in the environment before and during sleep, better sleep hygiene, the avoidance of caffeine and alcohol or other stimulating substances, or behavioral interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), before prescribing medication for sleep. When prescribed, hypnotic medication should be used for the shortest period of time necessary.Among individuals with sleep disorders, 13.7% are taking or prescribed nonbenzodiazepines, while 10.8% are taking benzodiazepines, as of 2010, in the USA. Early classes of drugs, such as barbiturates, have fallen out of use in most practices but are still prescribed for some patients. In children, prescribing hypnotics is not yet acceptable—unless used to treat night terrors or sleepwalking. Elderly people are more sensitive to potential side effects of daytime fatigue and cognitive impairments, and a meta-analysis found that the risks generally outweigh any marginal benefits of hypnotics in the elderly. A review of the literature regarding benzodiazepine hypnotics and Z-drugs concluded that these drugs can have adverse effects, such as dependence and accidents, and that optimal treatment uses the lowest effective dose for the shortest therapeutic time period, with gradual discontinuation in order to improve health without worsening of sleep.Falling outside the above-mentioned categories, the neurohormone melatonin and its analogues (such as ramelteon) serve a hypnotic function.


  1. soporific

    A soporific is a type of substance or activity that induces drowsiness or sleep. This term can refer to a drug or medication used to induce sleep or to any other phenomenon, such as a boring lecture or a calming environment, that can make a person feel sleepy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soporificadjective

    causing sleep; tending to cause sleep; soporiferous; as, the soporific virtues of opium

  2. Soporificnoun

    a medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep; a narcotic

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soporific

    sō-pō-rif′ik, adj. making or causing sleep.—n. anything that causes sleep.—adj. Soporif′erous, bringing, causing, or tending to cause sleep: sleepy.—adv. Soporif′erously.—n. Soporif′erousness.—adjs. Sō′porōse, Sō′porous, sleepy, causing sleep. [Fr. soporifique—L. sopor, sleep, facĕre, to make.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soporific in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soporific in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of soporific in a Sentence

  1. Jay Edward Adams:

    If I had to choose between putting a saloon or a liberal church on a corner, I'd choose the saloon every time. People who drink up the pay check in the saloon are less likely to become Pharisees, thinking that they don't need the Great Physician, than those who weekly swill the soporific doctrine of man's goodness.

  2. Thomas Szasz:

    The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic --in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea --known to medical science is work.

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  • مُنَوِّمArabic
  • сънотворен, приспивателно, приспивателенBulgarian
  • soforífic, soporífic, soporífer, narcòtic, somnífer, hipnòticCatalan, Valencian
  • uspávadloCzech
  • Schlafmittel, einschläferndGerman
  • υπνωτικό, υπνωτικόςGreek
  • dormigiloEsperanto
  • somnífero, soporíficoSpanish
  • unilääke, unettavaFinnish
  • soporifique, somnifèreFrench
  • քնաբերArmenian
  • soporifico, soporificInterlingua
  • soporifero, sonniferoItalian
  • somnifera, sopor, somniferum, somnificus, somnifer, somnificum, somnificaLatin
  • soporatief, slaapmiddel, slaapverwekkendDutch
  • soporífero, soporíficoPortuguese
  • снотво́рное, усыпляющий, навевающий сон, вводящий в сонRussian

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