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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Definitions for hypnopompic

  1. Of or pertaining to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness.

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Citations for hypnopompic
He shudders, snaps himself out of it; as one can, with effort, do, to escape from a bad dream, working one's way in stages, toward hypnopompic state until finally, fully awake. Mary Caponegro, The Star Cafe
He woke fitfully, from a dream where his work had gone terribly wrong. He was still hypnopompic. Richard Powers, The Echo Maker
Origin of hypnopompic
Hypnopompic literally means "sending away sleep" in Greek. It was coined in English in the early 1900s from the roots hypno- meaning "sleep" and pomp meaning "sending away."