- any of a class of substances that blunt the senses, as opium, morphine, belladonna, and alcohol, that in large quantities produce euphoria, stupor, or coma, that when used constantly can cause habituation or addiction, and that are used in medicine to relieve pain, cause sedation, and induce sleep.
- anything that exercises a soothing or numbing effect or influence: Television is a narcotic for many people.
Origin of narcotic
Examples from the Web for narcotic
It remains a Schedule I narcotic to this day, considered as dangerous and addictive by the federal government as heroin and MDMA.Pot-Smoking Grannies, Jimmy Fallon Covers U2, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 23, 2014
Though I prescribe hardly any narcotic pain medications, most ADHD medications are also Schedule II.
Narcotic pain medications, used judiciously, can be an important tool in treating patients in legitimate need.
Those lines are also great places to score Xanax and crack, both drugs that are not affected by narcotic antagonists.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade
July 17, 2014
They are all shown to have alcoholic beverages as their narcotic of choice.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television
April 10, 2014
I had been saved from being smothered by having taken an overdose of some narcotic.Masterpieces of Mystery
At best they have been but a "consolation prize" or a narcotic.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
Alcohol is not a stimulant, but is really a narcotic that is very depressing.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
Narcotic, anodyne, and anti-spasmodic; ten to twenty grains.
Narcotic, anti-spasmodic, and irritant poison; one to two drachms.
- any of a group of drugs, such as heroin, morphine, and pethidine, that produce numbness and stupor. They are used medicinally to relieve pain but are sometimes also taken for their pleasant effects; prolonged use may cause addiction
- anything that relieves pain or induces sleep, mental numbness, etc
- any illegal drug
- of, relating to, or designating narcotics
- of or relating to narcotics addicts or users
- of or relating to narcosis
Word Origin and History for narcotic
late 14c., from Old French narcotique (early 14c.), noun use of adjective, and directly from Medieval Latin narcoticum, from Greek narkotikon, neuter of narkotikos "making stiff or numb," from narkotos, verbal adjective of narcoun "to benumb, make unconscious," from narke "numbness, deadness, stupor, cramp" (also "the electric ray"), perhaps from PIE root *(s)nerq- "to turn, twist." Sense of "any illegal drug" first recorded 1926, American English. Related: Narcotics.
c.1600, from Middle French narcotique (14c.) or German narkotisch and directly from Medieval Latin narcoticus, from Greek narkotikos (see narcotic (n.)). Related: Narcotical (1580s).
- A drug derived from opium or opiumlike compounds, with potent analgesic effects associated with significant alteration of mood and behavior, and with the potential for dependence and tolerance following repeated administration.
- Capable of inducing a state of stuporous analgesia.
- Any of a group of highly addictive analgesic drugs derived from opium or opiumlike compounds. Narcotics can cause drowsiness and significant alterations of mood and behavior.