A reddish-brown heavy-scented addictive drug prepared from the juice of the opium poppy, used illicitly as a narcotic and occasionally in medicine as an analgesic: he was addicted to opium
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- 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.
late Middle English: via Latin from Greek opion 'poppy juice', from opos 'juice', from an Indo-European root meaning 'water'.
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)]More 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.
Definition of opium in:
- The US English dictionary