View synonyms for tranquilizer


or tran·quil·liz·er

[ trang-kwuh-lahy-zer ]


  1. a person or thing that tranquilizes.
  2. a drug that has a sedative or calming effect without inducing sleep.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tranquilizer1

First recorded in 1790–1800; tranquilize + -er 1

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Example Sentences

A breakthrough came in the 2010s, when several studies showed that ketamine, a horse tranquilizer and party drug, had jaw-dropping effects for depression.

They had to inject it with a potent elephant tranquilizer before it was safe to approach.

The bears have to be darted with tranquilizers oftentimes from helicopters, for instance, or they have to be trapped in a culvert.

NPY works as a natural tranquilizer that controls anxiety and buffers the effects of stress hormones like norepinephrine.

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

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

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

Nobody could imagine a greater satisfaction than curling up with a good tranquilizer!

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

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


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