Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deep, lethargic, or unnatural sleep.

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  • n. an unnaturally deep sleep

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Profound sleep from which a person can be roused only with difficulty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deep, unnatural sleep; lethargy; stupor.

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

  • n. a torpid state resembling deep sleep

Etymologies

Latin; see swep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • All adversity finds ease in complaining (as [3421] Isidore holds), and 'tis a solace to relate it, [3422] Ἀγαθὴ δε ἐταίρου. Friends 'confabulations are comfortable at all times, as fire in winter, shade in summer, quale sopor fessis in gramine, meat and drink to him that is hungry or athirst;

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Et fuit, sole occumbente sopor cecidit super Abram: et ecce, terror tenebrosus et magnus cadens super eum.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • They dispose to sopor, lethargy, and even insanity.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Before the nailing to the cross took place, a medicated cup of vinegar mixed with gall and myrrh (the sopor) was given, for the purpose of deadening the pangs of the sufferer.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • I'm sure they even managed to help some of the regulars shake off their seemingly implacable offseason sopor.

    Pounding The Rock

  • a chump of the evums, upshoot of picnic or stupor out of sopor, Cave of Kids or Hyma-nian Glattstoneburg, denary, danery, donnery,

    Finnegans Wake

  • a state of sopor, which had lasted a day and a half; there had been delirium for two or three days, during which time the child had never had a clear moment.

    Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms

  • I. 24), when a friend of signal nobleness and purity is suddenly struck down -- "_Ergo Quinctilium perpetuus sopor urget_?"

    Horace

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