Prompted by my answer to this question on another stack, is there a single word which means

"to become comatose with pleasure"

(i.e. where you experience so much euphoria that you literally become incapable of movement)?

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    Because the French have a frickin word for every single possible spiritual malady, we are happily equipped with "la petite morte" (or the little death if you're a die-hard anglophone). You might also consider bask, as in "basking in the afterglow". – Dan Bron Jun 23 '15 at 19:21
  • Are you sure you mean "literally incapable of movement"? – Canis Lupus Jun 23 '15 at 19:39
  • @CanisLupus In my case? Absolutely (though, granted, temporarily). – Dan Bron Jun 23 '15 at 19:41
  • @CanisLupus - Maybe you're not doing it right :-) – Richard Jun 23 '15 at 19:42
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    Hmmm... catatonicated? – jxh Jun 23 '15 at 23:10

I think ecstatic may suggest the "comatose-like" state you are referring to:

  • in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight. (Collins Dict.)
  • What would you call a magical pill that induced ecstasy (I mean other than Ecstasy, obviously)? – Dan Bron Jun 23 '15 at 20:29
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    I'd call it Soma, although that didn't cause paralysis per se in BNW – mfoy_ Jun 23 '15 at 20:45
  • I think this is probably the closest I'll get. – Richard Jun 30 '15 at 20:25

I have been narcotized with pleasure:

transitive verb
a : to treat with or subject to a narcotic
b : to put into narcosis

2 : to soothe to unconsciousness or unawareness

This assumes the secondary meaning of comatose:

1.1 humorous Extremely lethargic or sleepy:
she lay comatose in the sun listening to a personal stereo

I remember a time when I was experiencing some scary chest pains. After the doctor ruled out a heart attack, he decided morphine was the best temporary treatment--until they could get at the root of the problem. What a pleasant experience I had, but it was always so short lived, because I was so relaxed I fell asleep!

Any pleasure has the potential to become a narcotic for the human mind:


1 An addictive drug affecting mood or behavior, especially an illegal one:

If we overload on any mind-altering activity, we loose touch!

From the poem Narcotized in A Whole Bunch of Words by Jon Glenn:

The early morning sun shines in through a dusty basement window. Now that the night is gone, my day can go on like the last one. I get up on my world, I feel like I slept on pins and needles. The air is cold and damp; I careen By way of my perception...

I drift along in a daze; I feel as if I have been narcotized. I remember the way as I regress in to a photograph.

  • Surely narcotic means "sleep inducing", rather than "pleasure inducing"? – Richard Jun 23 '15 at 19:43
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    Surely that is the point of the word comatose. The notion was pleasure induced rather than pleasure inducing. In this use, pleasure becomes the metaphoric narcotic. – ScotM Jun 23 '15 at 19:53
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    I'm not feeling it. Drowsiness doesn't necessarily imply extremes of pleasure. – Richard Jun 23 '15 at 19:56
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    Have you ever been treated for pain with a narcotic, Richard? It's an ineffably pleasant experience, but too much will just put you too sleep! – ScotM Jun 23 '15 at 20:06
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    I was thinking more "wirehead dialled up to 11" – Richard Jun 23 '15 at 20:10

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