narcotic

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  • IPA(key): /nɑː(ɹ)ˈkɒtɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English narcotyk, from Middle French narcotique (from Old French narcotique, noun use of adjective) and directly from Medieval Latin narcōticum, from Ancient Greek ναρκωτῐκόν (narkōtikón), neuter of ναρκωτῐκός (narkōtikós), from Ancient Greek ναρκόω (narkóō, to benumb), from νάρκη (nárkē, numbness, torpor).[1]

NounEdit

narcotic (plural narcotics)

  1. (pharmacology) Any substance or drug that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour; in some contexts, especially in reference to the opiates-and-opioids class, especially in reference to illegal drugs, and often both.
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      "Real San Juan Colorado," he said. "Excitable people like you are the better for narcotics. Heavens! don't bite it! Cut - and cut with reverence!"
  2. Any type of numbing or soothing drug.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 139:
      Podson grabbed at his tobacco with a fervent, "God! just about saved my life." With a cigarette going he grabbed at the papers, requiring spiritual sustenance as well as a divine narcotic.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle French narcotique or German narkotisch and directly from Medieval Latin narcōticus, from Ancient Greek ναρκωτῐκός (narkōtikós).[2]

AdjectiveEdit

narcotic (comparative more narcotic, superlative most narcotic)

  1. Of, or relating to narcotics.
    Synonym: narcotics
  2. (pharmacology) Inducing sleep; causing narcosis.
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “narcotic”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “narcotic”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French narcotique or German narkotisch.

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narcotic m or n (feminine singular narcotică, masculine plural narcotici, feminine and neuter plural narcotice)

  1. narcotic

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narcotic n (plural narcotice)

  1. narcotic

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