tranquilizer

or tran·quil·liz·er

[trang-kwuh-lahy-zer]
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Origin of tranquilizer

First recorded in 1790–1800; tranquilize + -er1
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Related Words for tranquilizer

sedative, opiate, ataractic

Examples from the Web for tranquilizer

Contemporary Examples of tranquilizer

  • Another Tylenol and a tranquilizer three hours later don't do the trick and the demons do a shock and awe attack.

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    The Bag Lady Writes a Book

    Alexandra Penney

    February 19, 2010

  • Another Tylenol and a tranquilizer three hours later didn't do the trick and the demons attacked in full force.

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    The Bag Lady Papers, Part IV

    Alexandra Penney

    January 14, 2009

  • I'm down to a tranquilizer and a half a day and only a few are left.

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    The Bag Lady Papers Cont'd

    Alexandra Penney

    December 22, 2008

Historical Examples of tranquilizer

  • There might be something in it that could help—a tranquilizer perhaps.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • I suggest that you stretch your legs in the park and feed the swans as a tranquilizer.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson


Word Origin and History for tranquilizer
n.

"sedative," 1824 (first reference is to ground ivy), agent noun from tranquilize; in reference to one of a large group of anti-anxiety drugs, it is recorded by 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tranquilizer in Medicine

tranquilizer

[trăngkwə-līz′ər, trăn-]
n.
  1. Any of various drugs used to reduce tension or anxiety; an antianxiety agent.
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