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somnambulism

[ som-nam-byuh-liz-uhm, suhm- ]

somnambulism

/ sɒmˈnæmbjʊˌlɪzəm /

noun

  1. a condition that is characterized by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic trance Also callednoctambulism


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Derived Forms

  • somˌnambuˈlistic, adjective
  • somˈnambulist, noun
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Other Words From

  • som·nam·bu·list noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of somnambulism1

First recorded in 1790–1800; from French somnambulisme, from New Latin somnambulismus, equivalent to somn(us) “sleep” + ambul(āre) “to walk” + -ismus -ism
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Example Sentences

In some intuitive way, surviving probably from the somnambulism, she knew or guessed as much as I knew.

Such a state of mind was a real disease, or I know not if it may be called a kind of somnambulism.

That night—it was after the funeral—his tendency to somnambulism manifested itself.

Neither were her movements stiff and mechanical, as we often see in the representations of somnambulism on the stage.

Magic, witchcraft, magnetism, somnambulism are certain to present many attractions to lovers of the marvelous.

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