truth serum

noun

Definition of truth serum

: a hypnotic or anesthetic held to induce a subject under questioning to talk freely

Examples of truth serum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Short of a shot of truth serum, or a couple glasses of red wine, Brey’s never going to say. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey thinks big by adding Kentucky to schedule," 31 May 2020 His love acted on me, as on everyone, like a truth serum. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 But pumping each player with truth serum would probably reveal a preference to face Luka Doncic in the familiar confines of Little Caesars Arena – not more than 2,000 miles away. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons face massive challenge in slowing Mavs' NBA MVP candidate Luka Doncic," 12 Dec. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of truth serum

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Truth serum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth%20serum. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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truth serum

noun

Medical Definition of truth serum

: a hypnotic or anesthetic (as thiopental) held to induce a subject under questioning to talk freely

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