- causing or tending to cause sleep.
- pertaining to or characterized by sleep or sleepiness; sleepy; drowsy.
- something that causes sleep, as a medicine or drug.
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.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
A travelogue of the drug-testing labs at Pfizer, Eli Lilly, or GlaxoSmithKline would likely be soporific.Weed Reads: The 10 Best Books on Pot
April 27, 2014
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?
November 4, 2013
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
July 12, 2013
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
November 22, 2012
The first pages of most of these old papers are as soporific as a bed of poppies.Old News
He had made up his mind that he might have to spend days in this soporific hamlet.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
The soporific, thwarted in its effect for a moment, redoubled its power over him.The Knight of Malta
I shall administer a soporific to these men, and then shall extinguish the light.Roger the Bold
F. S. Brereton
The restlessness of the sea acts as a soporific on jangled nerves.The Journal of a Disappointed Man
Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
- inducing sleep
- drowsy; sleepy
- a drug or other agent that induces sleep
Word Origin and History for soporific
"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").
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep.
- Sleepy; drowsy.