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  • n. a trancelike state in which the person can follow instructions but voluntary action is weak or absent


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  • These semitrance states are treated in the village with a long and arduous cleansing ritual.

    Crazy Like Us

  • He slipped into a semitrance with startling speed and began to recite formulae and trace symbols in the air.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • As she stood there in a semitrance, remembering, her old, false visions fell away and she began to really see the reality of that summer with Lorrie.


  • The editor sitting next to the chief, an enormous mountain of flesh, was droning like a Tibetan lama in a semitrance about Sheldon Stoker's latest horror novel.


  • The wisp of escaping steam seemed to mesmerize him, for he shook his head as the pop of the released top broke the semitrance.

    the ship who sang

  • At last, a group swung by and the sound of their conversation brought Don out of his semitrance.

    The Best Made Plans

  • It is asserted on good authority that salves and ointments were rubbed into the pores of the skin all over the body; and that soon after this the witch would feel drowsy and lie down, and frequently remain in a semitrance state for several hours.

    The Problems of Psychical Research Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal

  • Someone in this sort of semitrance may speak in the voice of the spirit or alternate between the perspective of the wild spirit and a human state called inna barikama, which roughly translates as “can’t stay here.”

    Crazy Like Us


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