glossolalia(redirected from Glossalalia)
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1. Fabricated and nonmeaningful speech, especially such speech associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes.
2. See gift of tongues.
[New Latin : Greek glōssa, tongue + Greek lalein, to babble.]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another term for gift of tongues
2. (Psychology) psychol babbling in a nonexistent language
[C19: New Latin, from glosso- + Greek lalein to speak, babble]
glos•so•la•li•a(ˌglɒs əˈleɪ li ə, ˌglɔ sə-)
incomprehensible speech sometimes occurring in a hypnotic trance or in an episode of religious ecstasy. Compare speaking in tongues.
an ecstatic, usually unintelligible speech uttered in the worship services of any of several sects stressing emotionality and religious fervor. Also called speaking in tongues. — glossolalist, n.See also: Speech
Speaking in tongues, taken as a sign in some Christian churches of inspiration by the Holy Spirit. Also called the gift of tongues.