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soporific (sop-uh-RIF-ik, so-puh-)

adjective: 1. Inducing or tending to induce sleep. 2. Drowsy.
noun: A drug or other substance that induces sleep; a hypnotic.

[From Latin sopor, a deep sleep.]

"Indeed, Kapil will be judged as much by his effect on the team as his ability to stir the soporific BCCI."
Brrijnath, Rohit, Cricket: Can Kapil Reverse the Swing, India Today, 4 Oct 1999.

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