glossolalia









glossolalia


noun

  1. incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia.

noun

  1. another term for gift of tongues
  2. psychol babbling in a nonexistent language
n.

“speaking in tongues,” 1879, from Greek glossa “tongue, language” (see gloss (n.2)) + lalia “talk, prattle, a speaking,” from lalein “to speak, prattle,” of echoic origin.

n.

  1. Fabricated, nonmeaningful speech, especially associated with trances or certain schizophrenic syndromes.

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