narcotic

noun
nar·​cot·​ic | \ när-ˈkä-tik How to pronounce narcotic (audio) \

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, being, or yielding a narcotic narcotic sedatives narcotic coca leaves arrested for the sale of narcotic drugs including heroin … pills containing two common narcotic painkillers—hydrocodone and oxycodone—accounted for about 39 percent of drugs identified in criminal cases that involved prescription medications, according to statistics from the county Crime Laboratory.— David Riley
b : inducing mental lethargy or stupor He's still serving up drama in empty, narcotic snippets—life as a series of sound bites.— Owen Gleiberman
2a : of, involving, or concerned with narcotics : relating to the use of narcotics narcotic arrests narcotic addiction narcotic enforcement bureaus Narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia were located during the search at the residence on Sacramento Street.— Stacey Adams Naltrexone is a narcotic antagonist that prevents illicit drugs from binding to receptors in the brain without producing any high itself.— Mike Clary
b : produced by or as if by narcotics mild narcotic effects narcotic analgesia … a square of melting chocolate on the tongue is so narcotic it instantly provides a traveler with a sense of well-being.— Bert Greene The somnolent atmosphere, typical of his last pictures, conveys a sense of an almost narcotic trance.— Stephen Jones
3 : involving, affecting, or intended for people addicted to or dependent on narcotics narcotic rehab programs narcotic withdrawal

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Other Words from narcotic

Adjective

narcotically \ när-​ˈkä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce narcotically (audio) \ adverb

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 Would the latter mean the student had possessed a narcotic in school? Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish School Board members clash with AG lawyer over virtual learning discipline policy," 4 Nov. 2020 The idea is to reduce the chance of addiction by reducing how long the patient is on the narcotic. Eric Felten, al, "Is Walmart a villain or victim of America’s deadly opioid crisis?," 23 Oct. 2020 But her new narcotic of choice required running shoes and willpower, not pipes and pushers. Myron P. Medcalf, Star Tribune, "She found running, and left troubles in the dust," 27 Sep. 2011 X-Men United, with an incident where sources say Singer allegedly defied producer Tom DeSanto to continue shooting while under the influence of a narcotic. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "X-Men cast allegedly threatened to quit en masse due to Bryan Singer's on-set behavior," 31 July 2020 The nation's largest police force is now implementing their plan to have administrative and narcotics officers out in patrol cars to fill the void. NBC News, "6,100 NYPD officers call out sick," 18 Apr. 2020 Among its priorities: a daily interruption of narcotics and sedatives plus a decrease of ventilator pressure to test whether patients can wake up, breathe, and tolerate the ventilator without drugs. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "For survivors of severe COVID-19, beating the virus is just the beginning," 8 Apr. 2020 Several police departments also recorded significant drops in drug, narcotics and alcohol crimes — some of the most common ways people land in jail in America, according to FBI data. Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY, "Crime rates plummet amid the coronavirus pandemic, but not everyone is safer in their home," 5 Apr. 2020 Honduras has been dogged by a longstanding crime problem, according to the State Department, including violent gang activity, narcotics and human trafficking. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Military Raid Freed Woman Held in Honduras," 23 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This puts it in a lineage of mood-minded musicians that includes the shoegaze artists the Cocteau Twins, the sludgy post-hardcore band Slint, and the narcotic producer DJ Screw. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The Disappearance and Cryptic Return of Salem," 2 Nov. 2020 The officer spotted signs of narcotic use, according to police. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Group steals 4 BMWs from dealership: Westlake Police Blotter," 31 Oct. 2020 Once a possible narcotic has been detected, agents can open and inspect the item. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "New 3D X-ray scanner helps intercept addictive drugs mailed to the U.S.," 30 Oct. 2020 In one exceptional 2019 case, several officers were awarded over $250,000 for capturing about 10 million narcotic pills. Doug Bock Clark, New York Times, "Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait," 28 Oct. 2020 Kane is also scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4 for a conviction of possessing narcotic drugs in a 2018 case. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee man found guilty after his role in the overdose death of his girlfriend," 27 Oct. 2020 Urias is believed to have been under the influence of some type of narcotic when killings occurred, according to authorities. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Teen girl chased down, killed in LaPlace machete attack that leaves 2 dead, 2 injured," 26 Oct. 2020 But according to Ellsworth, Methodist West is the first in the Houston area to make the non-narcotic protocols a priority with their patients in the area of DIEP flap reconstructions. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Surgical protocol reduces opioid use for breast reconstruction patients," 14 Oct. 2020 A half pill of oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller, was found on a nightstand next to the man’s chair. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Woman taken to hospital after dog attack; resident faces possible charges for speaking to neighbor: Berea police blotter," 24 Sep. 2020

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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 nercotike, narkotyke, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French narcotique, borrowed from Medieval Latin narcōticus, noun derivative of narcōticus, adjective, "dulling the senses, inducing sleep" — more at narcotic entry 2

Adjective

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French narcotique "(of a drug) dulling the senses, inducing sleep," borrowed from Medieval Latin narcōticus, borrowed from Greek narkōtikós, from narkō-, variant stem of narkoûn "to benumb, deaden" + -t-, verbal adjective suffix + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at narcosis

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The first known use of narcotic was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Narcotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcotic. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for narcotic

narcotic

noun
How to pronounce narcotic (audio)

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 How to pronounce narcotic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce narcotic (audio) \

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, being, or yielding a narcotic narcotic analgesics … pills containing two common narcotic painkillers—hydrocodone and oxycodone—accounted for about 39 percent of drugs identified in criminal cases that involved prescription medications, according to statistics from the county Crime Laboratory.— David Riley, Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle heroin and other illicit narcotic drugs
2a : of, involving, or concerned with narcotics : relating to the use of narcotics narcotic addiction Naltrexone is a narcotic antagonist that prevents illicit drugs from binding to receptors in the brain without producing any high itself.— Mike Clary, The Los Angeles Times
b : produced by narcotics narcotic analgesia
3 : involving, affecting, or intended for people addicted to or dependent on narcotics narcotic rehab programs narcotic withdrawal

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