laudanum

noun
lau·​da·​num | \ ˈlȯd-nəm How to pronounce laudanum (audio) , ˈlȯ-də-nəm \

Definition of laudanum

1 : any of various formerly used preparations of opium
2 : a tincture of opium

Examples of laudanum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its big-house entourage is crammed with stereotypes, from the world-weary auntie in the kitchen to the hysterical laudanum-sipping mistress. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately for all involved, Featherington's bookies somehow uncover the plan and, to teach him a very extreme lesson, ambush him with a bottle of laudanum, a form of opium with potentially fatal effects. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, 30 Dec. 2020 But who wouldn’t take as much laudanum as possible in their circumstances? The Washington Post, The Mercury News, 6 June 2019 There is a wealthy widow named Alma (Molly Parker) who has a laudanum addiction, an upstanding sheriff’s wife (Anna Gunn), and resident outlaws like Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert). Rachel Syme, The New Republic, 6 June 2019 The stigma attaching to the Godwins ruined the prospects of Mary’s half-sister Fanny, who took a fatal overdose of laudanum in October 1816. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, 1 June 2018 The grave of Mattie Blaylock, the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp who died from an overdose of laudanum and alcohol, is in the cemetery of Pinal City, a ghost town west of Superior. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 27 Apr. 2018 In the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid in products like laudanum, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. CBS News, 30 Oct. 2017 In the 1800s the drug was often opium, usually sold as a liquid in products like laudanum, and given to patients for pain or trouble sleeping. CBS News, 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of laudanum

circa 1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for laudanum

New Latin

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“Laudanum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laudanum. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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laudanum

noun
lau·​da·​num | \ ˈlȯd-nəm, -ᵊn-əm How to pronounce laudanum (audio) \

Medical Definition of laudanum

1 : any of various formerly used preparations of opium
2 : a tincture of opium

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