oneirism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From oneir- +‎ -ism.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ə(ʊ)ˈnʌɪɹɪzəm/

Noun[edit]

oneirism (plural oneirisms)

  1. (rare) Dream-like experiences or qualities; dreaminess.
    • 1990, Paul Ricoeur, Time and Narrative, vol. 2, p. 138:
      With an almost imperceptible touch, the narrator connects up this oneirism of names with the premonitory signs of the vocation that Remebrance is said to recount.
  2. (psychiatry) A state of abnormal consciousness in which dream-like experiences and hallucinations happen while awake.
    • 1976, Neuropsychiatry and the War, p. 108:
      Following great explosions two forms of mental trouble have been found so frequently that other manifestations have become almost exceptional. These are mental confusion and delirious oneirism.

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