Definition of opium in English:
- 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.
the opium of the people (or masses)
- Something regarded as inducing a false and unrealistic sense of contentment among people.[Translating the German phrase Opium des Volks, used by Marx in reference to religion (1844)]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.
The name of this drug comes ultimately from the Greek word opion ‘poppy juice’. The opium of the people is something regarded as giving people a false sense of security and contentment. The phrase originated as a direct translation of the German Opium des Volks, as used by the founder of modern Communism, Karl Marx, in 1843–44.
Words that rhyme with opiumeuropium
Definition of opium in:
- US English dictionary
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