mind-al·​ter·​ing ˈmīn(d)-ˌȯl-t(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce mind-altering (audio)

Examples of mind-altering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loading your audio article By Ksenia Prints, Food Drink Life More people are opting to leave 5-star resorts and cruises behind and take a different kind of vacation, one that comes with a side of mind-altering drugs. Food Drink Life, The Mercury News, 22 June 2024 What is 4/20? 4/20 Day is a celebration of the green, mind-altering substance of marijuana by users, manufacturers, advocates and those new to the cannabis community. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2024 There are also books about taking mind-altering drugs and empowering women. Cade Metz Christie Hemm Klok, New York Times, 15 May 2024 At the site of an ancient Maya ball court, researchers have identified a bundle of ceremonial mind-altering plants—which may have been used as an offering to higher powers during the court’s construction. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 May 2024 Many view the raves — often held in forests and deserts, with pounding electronic beats and mind-altering substances — as spiritual journeys amid a like-minded community. Gal Koplewitz Natan Odenheimer, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Time for a ‘come-to-Jesus meeting’ While many areas of society still frown on drug use, mind-altering substances have become more commonplace in high-flying Silicon Valley and the startup sector. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2024 Elders have always overreacted to the supposedly mind-altering properties of certain technological advancements, from the printing press to the television set. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 Bonnard, who is the subject of a marvelous, mind-altering exhibition at the Phillips Collection, was one of the great 20th-century painters. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024

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First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mind-altering was in 1961

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“Mind-altering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mind-altering. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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