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opiate

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noun opi·ate \ˈō-pē-ət, -ˌāt\

Simple Definition of opiate

  • : a drug (such as morphine or codeine) that is made from opium and that is used to reduce pain or cause sleep

  • : something that causes people to ignore problems and to relax instead of doing things that need to be done

Full Definition of opiate

  1. 1 a :  a drug (as morphine or codeine) containing or derived from opium and tending to induce sleep and alleviate pain; broadly :  narcotic 1a b :  opioid 1

  2. 2 :  something that induces rest or inaction or quiets uneasiness

Examples of opiate

  1. Many see television as an opiate of the masses.

  2. <a cultural critic who argues that the Internet has now joined television as an opiate of the American people>



15th Century

First Known Use of opiate

15th century

Other Drug/Tobacco Terms

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opiate

adjective opi·ate

Definition of opiate

  1. 1 a :  containing or mixed with opium b :  of, relating to, binding, or being an opiate <opiate receptors>

  2. 2 a :  inducing sleep :  narcotic b :  causing dullness or inaction





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