from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with catalepsy.
  • noun A person affected with catalepsy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, catalepsy; affected with catalepsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or affected by, catalepsy.
  • noun A person experiencing catalepsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or having characteristics of or affected with catalepsy
  • noun a person suffering from catalepsy


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  • The next stage of hypnosis is known as the cataleptic state and is referred to as the "medium" state.

    A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis Melvin Powers

  • It has been mentioned that in many so-called cataleptic cases, a condition of violent spasm is constantly present, _except_ when the patient falls into an alternative state of trance.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 Various

  • He seemed to be in a kind of cataleptic trance, so rigid his body, so unswerving his stare.

    Okewood of the Secret Service Valentine Williams 1914

  • Aristotle; listening in a kind of cataleptic helplessness to a confession of faith that scattered their doctrines to the winds.

    The Valley of Decision Edith Wharton 1899

  • The others endeavoured to restore the afflicted Fairy, but, though still alive, she was in some kind of cataleptic condition which was beyond the ordinary remedies.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey 1895

  • The young lady, though not insensible, became paralyzed with horror, and remained in a kind of cataleptic trance, fully conscious, but unable to move or speak, until, at nine o'clock next day, no answer having been given to repeated calls of her maid, the doors were forced open.

    Purgatory Mrs. James Sadlier 1861

  • He continued in a kind of cataleptic stupor, so that he would remain for hours in any posture he was placed, either in his chair, or in bed; and did not attempt to speak for about a fortnight; and then gradually recovered.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • a kind of cataleptic trance by the horrible expedient of the transfusion into it of blood drawn from other human beings by his semi-materialized Kâmarûpa, and thus postpones his final destiny by the commission of wholesale murder.

    The Astral Plane Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena 1890

  • For example, trance supposedly explains both fear-based, cataleptic, frozen rigidity and delight-based, ecstatic, frenzied mobility.

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  • Foreigners are the ones who are keeping the cataleptic Sylvester Stallone's career alive.

    That's Entertainment—Somewhere Else Joe Queenan 2011


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