Definition of narcotic in English:

narcotic

Line breaks: nar|cot¦ic
Pronunciation: /nɑːˈkɒtɪk
 
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noun

1An addictive drug affecting mood or behaviour, especially an illegal one: cultivation of a plant used to make a popular local narcotic
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  • And they happily spent millions on promoting the idea that cannabis was an extremely dangerous, addictive narcotic, that would kill, or drive users insane.
  • Federal law supersedes state law, and the government refuses to budge in classifying marijuana as a dangerous, illegal narcotic - and a gateway to harder drugs - with no medical value.
  • Buprenorphine is a daily oral medication that effectively blocks the action of heroin and other narcotics.
1.1 Medicine A drug which induces drowsiness, stupor, or insensibility, and relieves pain: pethidine, usually given as an injection, is a narcotic which causes drowsiness
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  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are preferable to narcotics for pain relief.
  • Who should not be prescribed narcotics for chronic pain?
  • Her addiction to prescription narcotics stemmed from chronic pain due to osteoporosis.
Synonyms
soporific drug, opiate, sleeping pill, soporific; painkiller, pain reliever, analgesic, anodyne, palliative, anaesthetic; tranquillizer, sedative
informal downer
literary nepenthes

adjective

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Relating to or denoting narcotics or their effects or use: the substance has a mild narcotic effect
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  • They worry that repeated prescriptions for large doses of narcotic painkillers will attract unwanted attention from the government.
  • It is a seed that is wrapped in leaves and chewed for its mild narcotic effect.
  • The smallest possible dose of a tranquilizer or narcotic medicine should be used.
Synonyms
soporific, sleep-inducing, opiate, hypnotic; painkilling, pain-relieving, analgesic, anodyne, anaesthetic, stupefying, numbing, dulling, tranquillizing, sedative, calming

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French narcotique, via medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikos, from narkoun 'make numb'.

Derivatives

narcotically

adverb
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  • This song is a promising opener, a dubby, narcotically blissed track that swirls and reverberates in a deeply pleasurable style.
  • So at least clearly I wasn't narcotically dependent on it.
  • While the epitome of professionalism and concentration whilst playing, between songs the band appear almost narcotically relaxed.

narcotism

Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːkətɪz(ə)m/
noun
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  • Till the middle 70s, in some regions of the country narcotism was usual, but publicly not realized occurrence.
  • In particular, the the matter concerned the measures on suppression of distribution of narcotism and AIDS.
  • If no further information is available on the certificate, we query to determine if there was an overdose associated with the narcotism and the type of addiction associated with the narcotism.

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