- of or relating to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness.
Origin of hypnopompic
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Examples from the Web for hypnopompic
Nighttime “visitations” may be chalked up to sleep deprivation, to hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations.A Night with The Conjuring’s Ed & Lorraine Warren
August 18, 2013
The hypnopompic hallucinations described by Myers arise in the same way.
The last dreams of the night or hypnopompic visions generally dramatize our awakening in picturesque, symbolical fashion.Psychoanalysis
- psychol relating to the state existing between sleep and full waking, characterized by the persistence of dreamlike imagerySee also hypnagogic
C20: from hypno- + Greek pompē a sending forth, escort + -ic; see pomp
Word Origin and History for hypnopompic
pertaining to the state of consciousness when awaking from sleep, 1901, from hypno- "sleep" + Greek pompe "sending away," from pempein "to send."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to the partially conscious state that precedes complete awakening from sleep.