narcotic

noun
nar·cot·ic | \ när-ˈkä-tik \

Definition of narcotic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a drug (such 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 (such as marijuana or LSD) subject to restriction similar to that of addictive narcotics whether physiologically (see physiological) addictive and narcotic or not

2 : something that soothes, relieves, or lulls a public comforted by the narcotic of military supremacy

narcotic

adjective

Definition of narcotic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : having the properties of or yielding a narcotic

b : inducing mental lethargy

2 : of, induced by, or concerned with narcotics

3 : of, involving, or intended for narcotic addicts

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Other words from narcotic

Adjective

narcotically \när-ˈkä-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for narcotic

Synonyms: Noun

opiate

Synonyms: Adjective

drowsy, hypnotic, opiate, slumberous (or slumbrous), somnolent, soporific

Antonyms: Adjective

stimulant

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Examples of narcotic in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

some therapists believe that certain scents can have a narcotic effect on people the lecturer droned on in a narcotic monotone that eventually had the entire class struggling to stay awake
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The officer fell ill while collecting narcotics in a hotel room at 9090 Southwest Freeway, according to a tweet from the Houston Police Department. Julian Gill And Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police officer hospitalized after drug exposure," 11 July 2018 On June 22, de Rocquigny told USA TODAY that the toxicology report found no narcotics in Bourdain's system at the time of his death. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Anthony Bourdain leaves most of $1.2M estate to his daughter in will," 6 July 2018 Police said David Hughes of 56 Kelley Street, third floor, was arrested nearby on an outstanding arrest warrant for sale of narcotics. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Two Arrested In Bristol After Search Of Apartment Turns Up Drugs," 16 June 2018 And also, looking at ending the prohibition on narcotics in the United States. W. Gardner Selby, San Antonio Express-News, "Cruz claim that O’Rourke wants to legalize narcotics rated false," 7 May 2018 Police also found a bent spoon that appeared to have been used for melting narcotics in the minivan. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Garfield Heights man leads police on high-speed chase; resident calls police after hearing gunshots: Berea police blotter," 26 Apr. 2018 But at the same time, these anti-drug platitudes gloss over what may have attracted someone like Santana to such notoriously high-risk narcotics in the first place -- in his case, a lifetime of trauma, and a resulting case of untreated PTSD. Meaghan Garvey, Billboard, "Fredo Santana's Honest Rhymes Fueled Chicago's Drill Movement and Influenced a Generation," 21 Jan. 2018 Bester has state and federal convictions for firearms offenses, and state convictions for sale of narcotics and burglary, a court official said. David Owens, courant.com, "Warrant: Bloomfield Man Kills Hartford Man Rather Than Pay For Damage To Car," 12 July 2018 To get extended supervision, Ramirez ordered him to pay $1,150 payable to the Waukesha narcotics and vice unit and $268 in court costs. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis man get 6 years in prison for selling heroin that killed 20-year-old," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On the morning Reed was set for trial in a state criminal case, Blake tried to pass him drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and buprenorphine — one of the narcotic drugs in the opioid treatment drug called Suboxone, the statement said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Wasilla woman and Palmer inmate charged with trying to smuggle drugs into prison," 30 Mar. 2018 Antihistamines and narcotic pain relievers can cause constipation, and long-haired pups who frequently lick themselves (often because of itchy skin) could end up ingesting fur that causes a clog, Huggins says. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 13 Apr. 2017 In June 2017, a federal judge ordered Dookhan to pay more than $2 million to another man convicted for selling a substance later determined not to contain any narcotic. Shawn Musgrave, BostonGlobe.com, "State reaches agreement in another Dookhan lawsuit," 14 Apr. 2018 The powder was determined to have contained fentanyl, a powerful and sometimes deadly narcotic. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputy overcome by fentanyl in box found in the car of Milwaukee, West Allis man during traffic stop," 1 Mar. 2018 The K-9s and their handlers worked together for 13 weeks training in criminal apprehension and narcotic detection. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Seven new CHP K-9 officers are top dogs at graduation ceremony," 28 June 2018 The easiest way to find the restaurant is the occasional narcotic waft of roasting Wagyu beef, which chef Oshima Manabu imports from his native Kyoto, wet-ages, and cooks on rotisserie skewers in an oven of his own design. Stan Parish, WSJ, "‘Go Beyond Sushi’: Tokyo’s Culinary Gems," 19 June 2018 That’s when the Rye – who was field certified in narcotic detection in April – was brought in to help officers sniff out any additional drugs. Fox News, "Newest K-9 to join California police force helps sniff out roughly 60 pounds of meth," 23 May 2018 Rye the dog was field certified in narcotic detection just a month ago. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Rookie K-9 sniffs out 60 pounds of meth in his first drug bust, police say," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of narcotic

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for narcotic

Noun

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

Adjective

see narcotic entry 1

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narcotic

noun

English Language Learners 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

narcotic

noun
nar·cot·ic | \ när-ˈkä-tik \

Kids Definition of narcotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

narcotic

adjective

Kids Definition of narcotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a narcotic narcotic drugs narcotic laws

narcotic

noun
nar·cot·ic | \ när-ˈkät-ik \

Medical Definition of narcotic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a drug (as codeine, methadone, or morphine) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions

2 : a drug (as marijuana or LSD) subject to restriction similar to that of addictive narcotics whether in fact physiologically addictive and narcotic or not

narcotic

adjective

Medical Definition of narcotic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having the properties of or yielding a narcotic

2 : of, induced by, or concerned with narcotics

3 : of, involving, or intended for narcotic addicts

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