any of a class of substances that blunt the senses, as opium, morphine, belladonna, and alcohol, that in large quantities produce euphoria, stupor, or coma, that when used constantly can cause habituation or addiction, and that are used in medicine to relieve pain, cause sedation, and induce sleep.
anything that exercises a soothing or numbing effect or influence:
Television is a narcotic for many people.
of or having the power to produce , as a drug.
pertaining to or of the nature of .
of or relating to narcotics or their use.
used by, or in the treatment of, narcotic addicts.
The anti-narcotic laws on our statute books are powerless to protect us.
The Opium Monopoly Ellen Newbold La Motte
An opium suppression bureau is often added, carrying on the anti-narcotic campaign.
Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
any of a group of drugs, such as heroin, morphine, and pethidine, that produce numbness and stupor. They are used medicinally to relieve pain but are sometimes also taken for their pleasant effects; prolonged use may cause addiction
anything that relieves pain or induces sleep, mental numbness, etc
any illegal drug
of, relating to, or designating narcotics
of or relating to narcotics addicts or users
of or relating to narcosis
late 14c., from Old French narcotique (early 14c.), noun use of adjective, and directly from Medieval Latin narcoticum, from Greek narkotikon, neuter of narkotikos “making stiff or numb,” from narkotos, verbal adjective of narcoun “to benumb, make unconscious,” from narke “numbness, deadness, stupor, cramp” (also “the electric ray”), perhaps from PIE root *(s)nerq- “to turn, twist.” Sense of “any illegal drug” first recorded 1926, American English. Related: Narcotics.
c.1600, from Middle French narcotique (14c.) or German narkotisch and directly from Medieval Latin narcoticus, from Greek narkotikos (see narcotic (n.)). Related: Narcotical (1580s).
narcotic nar·cot·ic (när-kŏt’ĭk)
A drug derived from opium or opiumlike compounds, with potent analgesic effects associated with significant alteration of mood and behavior, and with the potential for dependence and tolerance following repeated administration. adj.
Capable of inducing a state of stuporous analgesia.
Any of a group of highly addictive analgesic drugs derived from opium or opiumlike compounds. Narcotics can cause drowsiness and significant alterations of mood and behavior.
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imitating or the usual surroundings. pertaining to or . pertaining to , especially in literature and art. Contemporary Examples “I wanted to present a more realistic, naturalistic Peter Parker,” he said. ‘Spider-Man’ Sneak Preview: Spidey Gets Adorkable Chris Lee February 6, 2012 Wicca is a naturalistic religion whose followers generally worship a pantheistic Godhead and […]
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