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Saturday, November 25, 2017
Definitions for torporific
  1. causing sluggish inactivity or inertia.

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Citations for torporific
Should you contemplate purchasing a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, a "mega-genius" according to Aaron (in private), he will tell you beforehand that García Márquez "is so rococo and torporific you'll need an insulin shot every twenty pages." John Nichols, On Top of Spoon Mountain, 2012
He was followed by Mme. Step­anova, whose alert face and bright, musical voice helped dispel the torporific atmos­phere engendered by the theo­retician. Irving Drutman, "Russian Method-ists Meet the American," New York Times, December 13, 1964
Origin of torporific
1760-1770
The English adjective torporific is Latinate but not Latin. Latin has the noun torpor “numbness, stupor” and the suffix -ficus “making, producing” (as in magnificus “grand, great”), but not the compound torporificus. Torporific entered English in the 18th century.
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