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 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 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

Police service dogs help officers with searches and apprehension and can be trained in narcotics and explosives detection. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa council OK’s contract for homeless shelter designer," 3 July 2019 Police executed a search warrant in the room and said detectives found a shotgun, narcotics and additional property suspected to have been stolen. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Driver who evaded Concord police after burglary arrested in San Rafael," 1 July 2019 The department, through community donations, got its first two dogs eight years ago, and the K-9 unit now has four officers, Aribey said, adding Nero is trained for narcotics and utility work, including tracking and searching. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Police K-9 handlers test, teach 4-legged officers in Valparaiso seminar," 10 June 2019 Authorities recently caught teens in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia at variuos campuses in Pearland, according to a Pearland Police Department bulletin. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police: Students snagged with drugs, paraphernalia," 5 June 2019 During a typical day last year, CBP seized 4,657 pounds of narcotics along U.S. borders. Washington Post, "CBP makes third pot bust at Dulles in three weeks," 26 June 2019 The sailor had a combination of narcotics in his system, including levels of fentanyl that the Medical Examiner’s Office opined were within ranges associated with toxic effects and death, according to an affidavit seeking a warrant to arrest Martin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drug rehab counselor charged with murder in Navy man’s fentanyl overdose death," 22 June 2019 Williams was arrested in April and charged with three counts of sale of narcotics. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "In court for drug charge, Rochester woman arrested for providing drugs that caused informant’s overdose," 22 June 2019 And someone was paying him money to hold this box of narcotics for him. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Chad Connors, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute suboxone, a narcotic, and alprazolam, a sedative, Lelling’s office said in a statement. Breanne Kovatch, BostonGlobe.com, "Inmate pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into South Walpole correctional facility," 18 June 2019 More than 47,000 Americans, including nearly 2,200 in California, died in 2017 from an overdose of a prescription opioid, heroin or a synthetic narcotic such as fentanyl, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California latest state to sue Purdue Pharma over OxyContin marketing," 3 June 2019 There were two instances where drivers were in possession of narcotic drugs. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Driver in horrific motorcycle crash pleads not guilty as details emerge," 25 June 2019 There were two instances where drivers were in possession of narcotic drugs. Michael Casey, chicagotribune.com, "Pickup truck driver with record charged with 7 homicides in New Hampshire biker crash," 24 June 2019 Sunde was set to appear in court Wednesday morning on an unrelated charge of possession of narcotic drugs, according to online court records. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A woman live streamed Tuesday's I-94 standoff from inside the stolen minivan," 5 June 2019 Canines alert to the presence of narcotic odors by barking, pointing, jerking their heads or wagging their tails. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police's drug-sniffing K-9s don't find narcotics in nearly half their searches," 1 Apr. 2019 Some kratom products are much more powerful than others or are laced with hydrocodone — a moderately narcotic painkiller — and other substances. Laurie Mcginley And Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "Kratom is hailed as a natural pain remedy, assailed as an addictive killer. The U.S. wants to treat it like heroin.," 10 Feb. 2018 The juvenile faces possible charges of possession/transportation of a narcotic drug. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Yavapai County Sheriff: 2 men arrested, juvenile detained in fentanyl pills investigation," 6 June 2019

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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 and Adjective

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

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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 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 or yielding a narcotic
2 : of, induced by, or concerned with narcotics
3 : of, involving, or intended for narcotic addicts

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