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

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)]
    More 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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