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narcotic (drug)

Definition:

a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Related to:

narcotize

Plural:

narcotics

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Old French adjective narcotique (early 14th century), from Medieval Latin...
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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Narcotic

originally referred medically to any psychoactive compound with any sleep-inducing properties. In the United States it has since become associated with opioids, commonly morphine and heroin and their derivatives, such as hydrocodone. The term is,... (35 of 2024 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

narcotic [drug] | Papaver somniferum [species]

drug that produces analgesia, narcosis, and addiction. In some people narcotics also produce euphoria. A brief treatment of narcotics follows. For ... (21 of 681 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

narcotic | narcotically [adverb, derived]

any of a group of drugs, such as heroin, morphine, and pethidine, that ... | anything that relieves pain or induces sleep, mental numbness, etc | any ... (25 of 415 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/narcotic

Merriam-Webster:

narcotic [entry 1, noun] | anesthetic [synonym, sense-specific] | anodyne [synonym, sense-specific] | opiate [synonym, sense-specific] | security blanket [similar, sense-specific] | pacifier [similar, sense-specific] | palliative [similar, sense-specific] | hypnotic [similar, sense-specific] | sedative [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a drug (as opium or morphine) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, ... | something that soothes, relieves, or lulls (20 of 154 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/narcotic

narcotic [entry 2, adjective] | calming [synonym, sense-specific] | comforting [synonym, sense-specific] | dreamy [synonym, sense-specific] | lulling [synonym, sense-specific] | soothing [synonym, sense-specific] | pacifying [synonym, sense-specific] | quieting [synonym, sense-specific] | relaxing [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

having the properties of or yielding a narcotic ; inducing mental lethargy | of, induced by, or concerned with narcotics | of, involving, or intended ... (23 of 140 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

narcotic | narcotically [adverb, related]

An addictive drug, such as opium, that reduces pain, alters mood and ... | A soothing, numbing agent or thing | Inducing sleep or stupor; causing ... (24 of 115 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/narcotic

Oxford Dictionary:

narcotic | narcotically [derived] | narcotism [derived]

an addictive drug affecting mood or behaviour, especially an illegal one | [medicine] : a drug which induces drowsiness, stupor, or insensibility, and ... (22 of 113 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/narcotic

Random House Dictionary:

narcotic

any of a class of substances that blunt the senses, as opium, morphine, ... | anything that exercises a soothing or numbing effect or influence. | of ... (25 of 113 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/narcotic

New World Dictionary:

narcotic

a drug, as opium or any of its derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine, ... | anything that has a soothing, lulling, or dulling effect | of, like, or ... (25 of 91 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

narcotic [countable] | narcotics [plural]

[often plural] any illegal drug, especially one that is addictive (=that ... | [medical] a drug that people use when they are very ill in order to ... (26 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/narcotic

narcotic [adjective]

[medical] able to make you feel less pain and help you sleep | relating to a narcotic, especially when used illegally (20 of 45 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

narcotic [entry 1]

[United States] an illegal drug such as heroin or cocaine | [specialized] a drug which makes you want to sleep and prevents you feeling pain (24 of 42 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/narcotic 1

narcotic [entry 2]

relating to drugs which make you want to sleep and prevent pain (12 of 20 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/narcotic 2

Columbia Encyclopedia:

narcotic

any of a number of substances that have a depressant effect on the nervous system. The chief narcotic drugs are opium, its constituents morphine and ... (25 of 39 words)

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Wiktionary:

narcotic | narcotics [plural] | narcotick [obsolete, sense-specific]

Any class of substances or drugs, that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour. | Any type of numbing drug. | Certain illegal drugs. | Of, or relating to narcotics. | Inducing sleep; causing narcosis. (34 of 39 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/narcotic

Encarta Dictionary:

narcotic | narcotics [plural]

a typically addictive drug, especially one derived from opium, that may ... | a drug whose use is illegal, whether it's addictive or not | something ... (24 of 138 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632388​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

narcotic

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French adjective narcotique (early 14th century), from Medieval Latin narcoticum, from Greek narkotikon, neuter of ... (19 of 64 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=narcotic

New World Dictionary:

narcotic

Origin: Middle English narcotyke from Old French narcotique, originally adjective from Medieval Latin narcoticus from Greek ... (15 of 34 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/narcotic

American Heritage Dictionary:

narcotic

Origin: Middle English narcotik, from Old French narcotique, from Medieval Latin narcōticum, from Greek narkōtikon, from neuter of ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/narcotic

Wiktionary:

narcotic | narcotics [plural]

Origin: Old French narcotique, from Medieval Latin narcoticum, from Ancient Greek ναρκόω (narkóō, "Ι benumb"), from νάρκη (narkē, "numbness, torpor").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/narcotic

Oxford Dictionary:

narcotic

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French narcotique, via medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikos, from narkoun "make numb"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/narcotic

Collins Dictionary:

narcotic

First use: 14th century

Origin: via Medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikós, from narkoūn to render numb, from narkē numbness

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/narcotic

Merriam-Webster:

narcotic [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English narkotik, from Middle French narcotique, from narcotique, adjective, from Medieval Latin narcoticus, from ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/narcotic

Encarta Dictionary:

narcotic | narcotics [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French and medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikos "numbing" from narkoun "make numb" from narkē "numbness"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632388​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

narcotic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "narcotic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/narcotic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

narcotic [countable] | narcotics [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "narcotic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/narcotic

narcotic [adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "narcotic"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

narcotic [countable] | narcotics [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "narcotic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/narcotic

narcotic [adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "narcotic"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

narcotic [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "narcotic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "narcotic"

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the Free Dictionary:

narcotic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "narcotic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "narcotic"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "narcotic" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

narcotic | narcotics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "narcotic"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

narcotic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "narcotic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=narcot​01 word=narcotic

YourDictionary Audio:

narcotic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "narcotic" by speech synthesizer

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