[ glos-uh-ley-lee-uh, glaw-suh- ]
/ ˌglɒs əˈleɪ li ə, ˌglɔ sə- /
incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia.
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OTHER WORDS FROM glossolaliaglos·sol·a·list [glo-sol-uh-list, glaw-], /glɒˈsɒl ə lɪst, glɔ-/, noun
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Besides, we find in Lola's case a high degree of glossolalia.Lola|Henny Kindermann
British Dictionary definitions for glossolalia
/ (ˌɡlɒsəˈleɪlɪə) /
another term for gift of tongues
psychol babbling in a nonexistent language
Word Origin for glossolalia
C19: New Latin, from glosso- + Greek lalein to speak, babble
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Medical definitions for glossolalia
[ glô′sə-lā′lē-ə ]
Fabricated, nonmeaningful speech, especially associated with trances or certain schizophrenic syndromes.
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