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Definition of "narcotic" []

  • An addictive drug, such as opium, that reduces pain, alters mood and behavior, and usually induces sleep or stupor. Natural and synthetic narcotics are used in medicine to control pain. (noun)
  • A soothing, numbing agent or thing: "There was the blessed narcotic of bridge, at the Colony or at the home of friends” ( Louis Auchincloss). (noun)
  • Inducing sleep or stupor; causing narcosis. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to narcotics, their effects, or their use. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or intended for one addicted to a narcotic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "narcotic" in a sentence
  • "The word narcotic comes from the Greek word meaning pain-relieving and sleep-inducing."
  • "The term narcotic (ναρκωτικός) strictly refers to any psychoactive compound with morphine-like effects."
  • "For instance, the word narcotic, that's a very inaccurate term."