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Her lecture put the whole class in a soporific daze.
  tending to make one sleepy
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For example, soporific could describe a medication or a boring lecture.
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  • Her lecture put the whole class in a soporific daze.
  • I was determined to eat only such things as could not possibly have anything soporific introduced into them.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • We go on, with a motion so soporific, so dreamlike as to be uninferant of progress, as though time and not space were decreasing between us and it.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • I discovered Emerson’s soporific qualities the hard way, by falling asleep with my face in the book, drooling all over an essay called "Self-Reliance" and having the vending-machine dream for the sixth time that week.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • Eerily, the taped music comes on over the intercom, saccharine, soporific.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • When the monotonous sound of Weyrother’s voice ceased, Kutuzov opened his eye as a miller wakes up when the soporific drone of the mill wheel is interrupted.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I was determined to eat only such things as could not possibly have anything soporific introduced into them.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The distraction, slight though it was, freed Roran’s mind from the soporific influence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I prefer Tasso a good deal, or even the soporific tales of Ariosto.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • The drums pulsed their steady rhythm, in it’s way as much a soporific as the sleepy drone of the bees.
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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  • Harry and Ron had so far managed to scrape passes in this subject only by copying Hermione’s notes before exams; she alone seemed able to resist the soporific power of Binns’s voice.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He prayed for a long time, his voice droning, soporific, monotonous.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Paul remained silent, probing with his inner senses, examining the blood from the wound, finding a trace of soporific from the Emperor’s blade.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Even when we finally retired for the night, the inevitable Miss Gryce was still my companion: we had only a short end of candle in our candlestick, and I dreaded lest she should talk till it was all burnt out; fortunately, however, the heavy supper she had eaten produced a soporific effect: she was already snoring before I had finished undressing.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She lay very still, waiting with a sensuous pleasure for the first effects of the soporific.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • We need a soporific.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • One of his officers then broke the soporific silence of the tent.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • His white apron flaps languidly in the air, his head gradually droops upon his breast, he takes very long winks with both eyes at once; even he is unable to withstand the soporific influence of the place, and is gradually falling asleep.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • To say the truth, these soporific parts are so many scenes of serious artfully interwoven, in order to contrast and set off the rest; and this is the true meaning of a late facetious writer, who told the public that whenever he was dull they might be assured there was a design in it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • When I pour it on my hair, I feel a sticky cold like dry ice, then a soporific heat.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • "I am going to give up on wine as a soporific and take some of Galen’s lethium."
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • His eyes did not leave the patron’s face while his velvet voice rose passionately above the soporific air of the siesta.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The belief that hops have a soporific effect is very ancient, and hop-pillows were brought to America by the first English colonists.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It had been a drug, a soporific, in the past, reading them; now, as she turned them over listlessly, she wondered why they had lost their flavor.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • The arguments acted, however, on the nervous system of the Doctor, like so many soothing soporifics, and by the time his aged companion was disposed to lay his head on his pack, Obed, refreshed by his recent mental joust, was in a condition to seek his natural rest, without enduring the torments of the incubus, in the shapes of Teton warriors and bloody tomahawks.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The judge liked to mull things soporifically.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Soporific.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • By October San Piedro had slipped off its summer reveler’s mask to reveal a torpid, soporific dreamer whose winter bed was made of wet green moss.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • In the soporific heat of those months Blanca, protected by the creature that was growing inside her, forgot about the magnitude of her disgrace.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He realigned his own metabolism to match this threat and change the molecules of the soporific, but he felt a thrill of doubt.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He was a man of high professional standards, a careful and deliberate, exacting judge who held himself to the letter of the law, however soporifically.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • They’d been prepared with soporific on a blade.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He would write it on the harsh pieces of parchment that Melquiades gave him, on the bathroom walls, on the skin of his arms, and in all of it Remedios would appear transfigured: Remedios in the soporific air of two in the afternoon, Remedios in the soft breath of the roses, Remedios in the water-clock secrets of the moths, Remedios in the steaming morning bread, Remedios everywhere and Remedios forever.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A soporific.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Paul dropped his cloak of silence, said: "Only a little acid to counter the soporific on the Emperor’s blade.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • They certainly had a very soporific effect upon the Flopsy Bunnies!
    Potter, Beatrix  --  The Original Peter Rabbit Books
  • All this talk about Shakespeare had acted as a soporific, or rather as an incantation upon Katharine.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • When I had read two or three of the small hours away and was as wide awake as ever, I found that a drink furnished the soporific effect.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • Evidently soporific substances had been mixed with the food we had just taken.
    Verne, Jules  --  20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  • In them there were no considerations of Mediterranean cruises, of soporific Southern skies drifting in the Vesuvian Bay.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
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