A reddish-brown heavy-scented addictive drug prepared from the juice of the opium poppy, used as a narcotic and in medicine as an analgesic.
More example sentences
- Surgeons would attempt to stupefy the patient with alcohol, opium, or morphia, but with little effect.
- Both are controlled drugs, and staff handed the morphine and opium over to the Home Office Drugs Inspectorate.
- These suggestions were based on evidence that showed that opium was addictive.
late Middle English: via Latin from Greek opion 'poppy juice', from opos 'juice', from an Indo-European root meaning 'water'.
the opium of the people (or masses)
- see the opiate of the masses at opiate.More example sentences
- In a way, the lottery has become, as Mr Marx would have said, ‘the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of heartless conditions, the opium of the people.’
- Some papers are now part of the showbiz industry and for many, celebrity rather than religion is now the opium of the people.
- It's almost like the opium of the people that Karl Marx was talking about a century ago.
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