glossolalia

Greek for ‘speaking in tongues[[➝ tongues, speaking in]], one of the gifts to the Church in Paul's list (1 Cor. 12:10) but scarcely encouraged by him (1 Cor. 14:23) and not mentioned at all in another list (Rom. 12:6–8). It may be the phenomenon at Pentecost (Acts 2:4) when those in the upper room are said in a reversal of the confusion at Babel (Gen. 11:1–9) to have uttered understandable foreign languages. There are indeed records of similar surprises later in the Church (e.g. among persecuted Huguenots in France) and among Muslims. When, however, linguistic experts have been able to taperecord speakers alleged to be uttering a new language in a state of religious enthusiasm, it has never been possible to identify the language or discern any grammar or structure.

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  • Glossolalia — is commonly called speaking in tongues . For other uses of speaking in tongues , see Speaking in Tongues (disambiguation).: Tongues redirects here. For the body part, see Tongue, for other uses, see Tongue (disambiguation). Glossolalia or… …   Wikipedia

  • Glossolalia — Glos so*la li*a, Glossolaly Glos*sol a*ly, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? tongue + ? talk: cf. F. glossolalie.] The gift of tongues. Farrar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glossolalia — • A supernatural gift of the class gratiae gratis datae, designed to aid in the outer development of the primitive Church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • glossolalia — speaking in tongues, 1879, from Gk. glossa tongue, language (see GLOSS (Cf. gloss) (n.2)) + lalia talk, prattle, a speaking, from lalein to speak, prattle, of echoic origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • glossolalia — s. f. 1.  [História religiosa] Dom sobrenatural das línguas. 2.  [Psiquiatria] Linguagem pessoal de certas doenças mentais constituída por neologismos e por uma sintaxe deformada. 3.  [Ocultismo] Fenômeno extático, também chamado dom das línguas …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • glossolalia — [gläs΄ō lā′lē ə, glôs΄ō lā′lē ə] n. [ModL < glosso (see GLOSSO ) + Gr lalia, a speaking < lalein, to speak, prattle, of echoic orig.] 1. ecstatic or apparently ecstatic utterance of usually unintelligible speechlike sounds, as in a… …   English World dictionary

  • Glossolalia — Nonsensical sounds that mimic the rhythms and inflections of actual speech. Glossolalia may be seen in deep sleep or in trance states. It is also the scientific term for the trance induced religious phenomena known as “speaking in tongues.” * * * …   Medical dictionary

  • glossolalia —    This word (from the Greek glōssa, meaning tongue or language, and lalia, meaning a speaking ) refers to a speaking in tongues. The New Testament indicates two different types of glossolalia: (1) in some cases, the disciples apparently spoke… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • glossolalia — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1879 tongue 4c • glossolalist noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • glossolalia — glossolalist /glo sol euh list, glaw /, n. /glos euh lay lee euh, glaw seuh /, n. incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia. Cf. speaking in tongues …   Universalium

  • glossolalia — noun a) Speaking in tongues; speaking a language one does not know, or speaking elaborate but apparently meaningless speech, while in a trance like state (or, supposedly, under the influence of spirits). b) Xenoglossy …   Wiktionary

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