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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Definitions for narcotize

  1. to make dull; stupefy; deaden the awareness of: He had used liquor to narcotize his anxieties.
  2. to subject to or treat with a narcotic; stupefy.
  3. to act as a narcotic: a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes.

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Citations for narcotize
I'm not speaking of all that will happen to annoy, bore, irritate, coerce, oppose, tyrannize, narcotize, paralyze, and idiotize a man in marriage, in that struggle of two beings always in one another's presence, bound forever, who have coupled each other under the strange impression that they were suited. Honoré de Balzac, The Marriage Contract, translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley, 1885
Television, one gathers, is facing up to the new realities by flinging out its arms to the past and scheduling more of the same--bright new faces to be sure, handsome production values, glittering decor and facades for stories and situations that can narcotize a nation. Thomas Thompson, "The Crapshoot for Half a Billion," Life, September 10, 1971
Origin of narcotize
The Medieval Latin verb narcotizāre “to make drowsy, benumb” was recorded in the 14th century. The Latin verb is formed from the Greek phrase narkōtiká (phármaka) “numbing (drugs),” which occurs in a work by the Greek physician Galen (c130-c200 a.d.). The prolific Late Latin suffix -izāre, an adaptation of the Greek suffix -izein, is the source of the very productive English suffix -ize. Narcotize entered English in the 16th century.