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 Now it was being recast as a kind of truth serum, a tool of deep personal introspection. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 There’s truth serum involved, as well as an elementary-school yearbook, an interrupted road trip, too many coincidences, and a connection to a horrific crime. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 27 Aug. 2021 Amalia tricks Mundi into revealing his personal history with Mary by bringing along a touched prostitute whose turn has rendered her mere bodily presence into truth serum. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 18 Apr. 2021 Short of a shot of truth serum, or a couple glasses of red wine, Brey’s never going to say. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2020 His love acted on me, as on everyone, like a truth serum. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, 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, 12 Dec. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Sep. 2019 It's also been investigated as a possible truth serum. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of truth serum

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truth serum was in 1913

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24 Nov 2021

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“Truth serum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth%20serum. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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