Origin of soporific
Examples from the Web for soporific
“Gently rolling hills” roll not-so-gently under my tires, but the English countryside scenery is soporific.
A travelogue of the drug-testing labs at Pfizer, Eli Lilly, or GlaxoSmithKline would likely be soporific.
Yet Diana, with its soporific romance and awful dialogue, is a colossal bore.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?|Tina Brown|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Unlike other soporific cabinet secretaries, Homeland Security director is a position people really do care about.The Case for Ray Kelly as Obama’s New Homeland Security Director|John Avlon|July 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The premise is this: turkey is chock-full of a soporific essential amino acid, tryptophan, one of the 22 essential amino acids.Eat Turkey All You Want! It’s Not Going to Put You to Sleep|Kent Sepkowitz|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Modern physicians find one species of Gentian soporific and use it to procure sleep for the weary sufferer.A Garden with House Attached|Sarah Warner Brooks
Lamberti stayed with him till he fell asleep under the influence of a soporific medicine, and then called the man-servant.Cecilia|F. Marion Crawford
The restlessness of the sea acts as a soporific on jangled nerves.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Gum opium contains active principles (alkaloids), to which it owes its peculiar stimulating, soporific, and pain-relieving powers.
The first pages of most of these old papers are as soporific as a bed of poppies.Old News|Nathaniel Hawthorne
adjective Also: archaic soporiferous
"tending to produce sleep," 1680s, from French soporifique (17c.), formed in French from Latin sopor (genitive soporis) "deep sleep" (see sopor). As a noun from 1722. Earlier as an adjective was soporiferous (1580s as "characterized by excessive sleep," c.1600 as "soporific").