Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various sedative narcotics containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.
  • n. A drug, hormone, or other chemical substance having sedative or narcotic effects similar to those containing opium or its derivatives: a natural brain opiate. Also called opioid.
  • n. Something that dulls the senses and induces relaxation or torpor.
  • adj. Containing opium or any of its derivatives.
  • adj. Resembling opium or its derivatives in activity.
  • adj. Inducing sleep or sedation; soporific.
  • adj. Causing dullness or apathy; deadening.
  • transitive v. To subject to the action of an opiate.
  • transitive v. To dull or deaden as if with a narcotic drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to, resembling, or containing opium.
  • adj. Soporific; inducing sleep or sedation.
  • adj. Deadening; causing apathy or dullness.
  • n. A drug, hormone or other substance derived from or related to opium.
  • n. Something that dulls the senses and induces a false and unrealistic sense of contentment.
  • v. To treat with an opiate drug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a medicine of a thicker consistency than sirup, prepared with opium.
  • n. Any medicine that contains opium, and has the quality of inducing sleep or repose; a narcotic.
  • n. Anything which induces rest or inaction; that which quiets uneasiness.
  • adj. Inducing sleep; somniferous; narcotic; hence, anodyne; causing rest, dullness, or inaction.
  • transitive v. To subject to the influence of an opiate; to put to sleep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished with opium; mixed or prepared with opium; hence, inducing sleep; soporiferous; somniferous; narcotic; causing rest or inaction.
  • n. Any medicine that contains opium and has the quality of inducing sleep or repose; a narcotic; hence, anything which induces rest or inaction, or relieves uneasiness or irritation, mental or bodily; anything that dulls sensation, mental or physical.
  • To lull to sleep; ply with opiates.
  • To dull the effect of upon the mind, as by an opiate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin opiātum, from Latin opium, opium; see opium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Dr. Marcus Rempel, medical director for Neighborcare Health, said providers were disturbed to find that many of the patients inundating its six local clinics seeking narcotic pain relief weren't 50- or 60-year-old workers with back injuries, but young adults of 25 or 30, asking for long-term opiate medication.

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  • And, of course, they brought their heavyweight weapon, the one I believe that Lenin called the opiate of the masses: religion.

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  • You haul his little butt down to the "druggie zone" - leave him there for a while so he can feast his eyes on the real results of long term opiate or crack use ... kind of like the old "scared straight" concept.

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  • "Cash on corporate balance sheets is like a drug for CEOs," he offers, referring to the opiate class of drugs which lead to reduced activity rather than, say, speed.

  • It is in a class of medications called opiate narcotic analgesics and works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.

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  • At that time, we started to receive additional tests, and none of those tests revealed any drug of addiction, such as opiate, cocaine, fentanil and so on.

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  • OxyContin is basically just a way of giving a more powerful, high dose of the chemical -- the same kind of opiate chemicals.

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  • The U.S. embassy officials, though, here in Moscow saying they believe it to be some kind of opiate, similar to the drug morphine.

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  • Sports serve as an "opiate" of the people, diverting the masses from their real problems with a "dream world" of glamor and excitement.

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  • There is a kind of opiate power in sin that renders its victim unconscious of its awful magnitude, thus its deceitfulness.

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