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the opiate of the masses (or people)

Definition of the opiate of the masses or people in English:

Something regarded as inducing a false and unrealistic sense of contentment among people.
[translating the German phrase Opium des Volks, used by Karl Marx in reference to religion (1844)]
Example sentences
  • Big government is not just the opiate of the masses.
  • The priest mentioned Marx's line about religion as the opiate of the masses.
  • Welfare is the opiate of the masses.
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