date-rape drug

noun
variants: or date rape drug

Definition of date-rape drug

: a drug (such as GHB or ketamine) placed secretly usually in the drink or food of a potential victim to induce a state (such as confusion, physical weakness, or unconsciousness) that makes the victim vulnerable to sexual assault and especially rape

Examples of date-rape drug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coel plays Arabella Essiedu, a care-free Londoner whose life changes after her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 The bill was amended to remove ketamine from the list; opponents said the chemical could be used as a date-rape drug. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021 Concerns were heightened by reports late last month that a lobbyist used a date-rape drug on a Capitol staffer during an off-site incident. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 13 May 2021 In the spring of 2018, the board learned that a senior vice-president had prepared a lawsuit accusing a colleague of giving her a date-rape drug. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 The University of New Mexico is handing out coasters to students that could detect date-rape drugs in drinks. Alexis Grace And Anika Myers Palm, CNN, 18 Oct. 2019 The University of New Mexico's Office of Substance Abuse Prevention is giving away coasters that could detect two of the most common date-rape drugs. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 18 Oct. 2019 The drug is the most commonly used among veterinarians for anesthetic purposes, according to Medical News Today, but is often illegally used in clubs and as a date-rape drug. Josh Magness, miamiherald, 22 Mar. 2018 One contained a bottle of date-rape drug known as GBL. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of date-rape drug

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of date-rape drug was in 1995

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“Date-rape drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/date-rape%20drug. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for date-rape drug

date rape drug

noun

Medical Definition of date rape drug

: a drug (as GHB or flunitrazepam) administered surreptitiously (as in a drink) to induce an unconscious or sedated state in a potential date rape victim

date rape drug

noun

Legal Definition of date rape drug

: a drug (as GHB) administered surreptitiously (as in a drink) to induce an unconscious or sedated state in a potential date rape victim

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