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narcotic

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noun nar·cot·ic \när-ˈkä-tik\

Simple Definition of narcotic

  • : a drug (such as cocaine, heroin, or marijuana) that affects the brain and that is usually dangerous and illegal

  • medical : a drug that is given to people in small amounts to make them sleep or feel less pain

Full Definition of narcotic

  1. 1 a :  a drug (as opium or morphine) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions b :  a drug (as marijuana or LSD) subject to restriction similar to that of addictive narcotics whether physiologically addictive and narcotic or not

  2. 2 :  something that soothes, relieves, or lulls

Examples of narcotic

  1. <an irradicable sense of self-righteousness seems to be the narcotic that inures these religious fanatics from any realization of the harm they have done>



Origin of narcotic

Middle English narkotik, from Middle French narcotique, from narcotique, adjective, from Medieval Latin narcoticus, from Greek narkōtikos, from narkoun to benumb, from narkē numbness — more at snare


First Known Use: 14th century

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narcotic

adjective nar·cot·ic

Definition of narcotic

  1. 1 a :  having the properties of or yielding a narcotic b :  inducing mental lethargy

  2. 2 :  of, induced by, or concerned with narcotics

  3. 3 :  of, involving, or intended for narcotic addicts

nar·cot·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of narcotic

  1. <some therapists believe that certain scents can have a narcotic effect on people>

  2. <the lecturer droned on in a narcotic monotone that eventually had the entire class struggling to stay awake>



1526

First Known Use of narcotic

1526

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NARCOTIC Defined for Kids

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narcotic

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noun nar·cot·ic \när-ˈkä-tik\

Definition of narcotic

  1. :  a drug that in small doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and brings on sleep but in larger doses has dangerous effects, that includes some (as morphine) that are used in medicine and others (as heroin) that are used illegally, and that often causes addiction




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narcotic

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adjective nar·cot·ic

Definition of narcotic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a narcotic <narcotic drugs> <narcotic laws>





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