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 (glô′sə-lā′lē-ə, glŏs′ə-)
1. Fabricated and nonmeaningful speech, especially such speech associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes.

[New Latin : Greek glōssa, tongue + Greek lalein, to babble.]
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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]
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(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.
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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
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Speaking in tongues, taken as a sign in some Christian churches of inspiration by the Holy Spirit. Also called the gift of tongues.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glossolalia - repetitive nonmeaningful speech (especially that associated with a trance state or religious fervor)
pathology - any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
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Naquele espaco, teria reaflorado entre os cristaos a possibilidade de experiencia do batismo pelo espirito santo e de desfrutar do dom de falar em "linguas estranhas" (a glossolalia), ambos fenomenos que teriam ocorrido entre os apostolos e que foram narrados na Biblia.
Among their topics are writing Buddhist liturgies in Dunhuang: hints of ritualist craft, the power of Pater Noster and Creed in Anglo-Saxon charms: de-institutionalization and subjectification, the word of God: the epistemology of language in classical Islamic theological thought, interface with God: the divine transparency of the Sanskrit language, the debate over glossolalia between conservative Evangelicals and Charismatics: a question of semiotic style, and the (poetic) imagery of "flower and song" in Aztec religious expression: correlating the semiotic modalities of language and pictorial writing.
But in the early work in particular there is a countervailing (and extremely productive) interest in the ability to forge a new kind of lyric music out of paragrammaticality or the appearance of glossolalia. Here is a passage from "A Hyena Asleep in a Willow," from 2003's The Rictus Flag:
Though vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Gerrard's presence is far less prevalent here than on past efforts, her ghostly glossolalia remains a crucial part of Dead Can Dance's sound, in this case representing the feminine aspect of the album's namesake.
His raspy voice and hectoring inflections made me feel, to cite Emily Dickinson, "Zero at the Bone." I no longer speak in tongues, but deep down, I suspect that I could reaccess my glossolalia, if I needed to.
The illustrative heart of Wolfe's essay is Lewis's transposition of glossolalia, "speaking in tongues." Both the apostle Paul and Lewis, says Wolfe, were embarrassed by the phenomenon.
glossolalia and beer cheese, grew up amid apocalypse lips.
69): a glossolalia no Apostolo Paulo e em Aristoteles e reencaminhada para uma releitura da poesia de Giovanni Pascoli (p.
The best-known charismatic gift among Pentecostals, glossolalia, the capacity to speak in tongues, (20) coupled with eschatological urgency, led many early followers of the movement to launch into mission fields to finish the job just on the eve of the coming end.
"The Significance of Glossolalia in the History of Christianity." Speaking in Tongues: A Guide to Research on Glossolalia, ed.
Guatemalans use the term charismatic to refer exclusively to Roman Catholics who believe in charismata pneumatika (gifts of the Holy Spirit), including Holy Spirit baptism (but with glossolalia understood as optional).