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opiate Syllabification: o·pi·ate

Definition of opiate in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈōpēət/
Relating to, resembling, or containing opium: the use of opiate drugs
More example sentences
  • Anti-cancer drugs and radiotherapy commonly produce nausea and vomiting, as do other drugs active in the central nervous system, including opiate pain killers (morphine, heroin) and also alcohol.
  • The project, the first of its kind in the York area, aims to help addicts of heroin and other opiate drugs such as methadone.
  • By using opiate analgesics and sedatives to provide comfort to a dying patient, we risk depressing respirations and causing hypotension, which may hasten death.


Pronunciation: /ˈōpēət/
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1A drug with morphinelike effects, derived from opium.
Example sentences
  • The specimens are tested for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, PCP, and five other drugs.
  • There is no difference between men and women on lifetime prevalence of cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, or sedatives.
  • On the other hand, the state increased its regulation of legally manufactured drugs such as amphetamine, opiates, opioids, and, to a lesser extent, barbiturates and tranquilizers.
drug, narcotic, sedative, tranquilizer, depressant, soporific, anesthetic, painkiller, analgesic, anodyne;
informal dope
Medicine  stupefacient
1.1A thing that soothes or stupefies.


Pronunciation: /ˈōpēˌāt/
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the opiate of the masses (or people)
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.


Late Middle English (as a noun): from medieval Latin opiatus (adjective), opiatus (noun), based on Latin opium (see opium).

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