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A.Word.A.Day--hypnopompic

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This week's theme: words related to sleep.

hypnopompic (hip-no-POM-pik) adjective

Pertaining to the semiconscious state before waking.

[From Greek hypnos (sleep) + pompe (sending away).]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"In my customarily prolonged hypnopompic condition on Saturday morning, I became aware that there was a government 'initiative' about passports." Bryan Appleyard; My Life As a Sock Puppet; New Statesman (London, UK); Feb 26, 2007.

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