Origin of oneirocritic

1605–15; < Greek oneirokritikós pertaining to the interpretation of dreams, equivalent to óneir(os) dream + -o- -o- + kritikós skilled in judgment; see critic
Related formso·nei·ro·crit·i·cal, adjectiveo·nei·ro·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for oneirocritical


  1. a person who interprets dreams
Derived Formsoneirocritical, adjectiveoneirocritically, adverb

Word Origin for oneirocritic

C17: from Greek oneirokritikos
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Word Origin and History for oneirocritical

1580s, from oneiro- + critic + -al (1).



"a judge or interpreter of dreams," 1650s from Greek oneirokritikos "pertaining to the interpretation of dreams," from oneirokrites "interpreter of dreams," from oneiros "a dream" (see oneiro-) + krites "discerner, judge" (see critic).

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