soporific


causing sleepiness

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Celebrated chef, María José San Román, claims she knows of a secret ingredient that during the Roman empire was prized for its SOPORIFIC qualities,… a plate of grilled octopus, gorgeously aromatic and peppery, chopped into discs.”

Trevor Baker - The Guardian

Did you
know?

soporific
adjective

- causing sleep or making a person want to sleep

Cambridge Dictionary


ORIGIN

From the 1680s meaning “tending to produce sleep” from the French soporifique from Latin sopor meaning “deep sleep”.


SYNONYMS

somnolent, hypnotic, sleep-inducing, sleepy, somniferous, drowsy, narcotic, opiate, sedative, tranquillizing, boring, monotonous, calmative, slumberous, slumbrous, anaesthetic, balmy, calming, deadening, dozy, mesmerising, nodding off, numbing, quietening, snoozy, soothing, deadly dull, somnifacient, stupefacient, slumbersome, slumber, stupefactive, lulling, dream, yawning, torpid, sluggish, draggy, sleepyhead, lethargic, dopey, out of it, pacifying, anodyne, listless, blah, comatose, soporiferous, analgesic, dulling, stupefying, hypnagogic, somnific, somnorific, trance-inducing


FEELING SLEEPY?

Have you noticed how words can affect our feelings and moods? Just reading the synonyms above makes me feel drowsy. If you're just going to bed, that’s fine, but if not, here are some ANTONYMS to wake you up:

dazzling, stimulating, refreshing, bracing, exhilarating, rousing, restorative, electric, electrifying, energising, exciting, reviving, rejuvenating, enlivening, animating, galvanising, uplifting, sparkling, fortifying, quickening, strengthening, rallying, health-giving, stirring, thrilling, inspiring, arousing, spine-tingling, breathtaking, hair-raising, adrenalizing, gripping, titillating, provocative, challenging, appealing, thought-provoking, inspiriting, revivifying, pick-me-up, activating, inspirational, life-giving, motivating, livening, heady, refreshful, life-renewing, life-saving, spiriting, vigorous, heart-pumping, heart-stopping, freshening, resuscitative, reanimating, zesty, mind-bending, mind-blowing, mind-boggling, exalting, vitalizing, rip-roaring, eye-popping


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