Other forms: narcotics; narcotically

Use the noun narcotic to talk about a pain relieving or sleep inducing drug and the adjective narcotic to describe anything that has these same effects.

Patients who have their wisdom teeth removed are often given a narcotic to ease their pain afterward. A numbing drug is usually just what they need to recover — that and plenty of ice cream. If a hot bath and a cup of tea make you incredibly drowsy, you can say that they have a narcotic effect on you. In the United States, narcotic drugs are illegal without a doctor's prescription — narcotic often has a negative connotation, especially when it's used in news reports.

Definitions of narcotic
  1. noun
    a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction
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    hard drug
    a narcotic that is considered relatively strong and likely to cause addiction
    Demerol, meperidine, meperidine hydrochloride
    a synthetic narcotic drug (trade name Demerol) used to treat pain
    dolophine hydrochloride, fixer, methadon, methadone, methadone hydrochloride, synthetic heroin
    synthetic narcotic drug similar to morphine but less habit-forming; used in narcotic detoxification and maintenance of heroin addiction
    a narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative
    an addictive narcotic extracted from seed capsules of the opium poppy
    recreational drug
    a narcotic drug that is used only occasionally and is claimed to be nonaddictive
    soft drug
    a drug of abuse that is considered relatively mild and not likely to cause addiction
    a preparation of the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant; much used in India
    cannabis, ganja, marihuana, marijuana
    the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
    cocain, cocaine
    a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive
    derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relieve pain)
    Fentanyl, Sublimaze
    trade names of a narcotic analgesic that can be inhaled and that acts on the central nervous system and may become addictive; used as a veterinary anesthetic and with other drugs before, during, and after surgery; also used as a nonlethal gas to incapacitate people in hostage situations; also abused as a recreational drug
    haschisch, hash, hasheesh, hashish
    purified resinous extract of the hemp plant; used as a hallucinogen
    diacetylmorphine, heroin
    a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush
    laudanum, tincture of opium
    narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
    morphia, morphine
    an alkaloid narcotic drug extracted from opium; a powerful, habit-forming narcotic used to relieve pain
    type of:
    a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
  2. adjective
    of or relating to or designating narcotics
  3. adjective
    inducing stupor or narcosis
    narcotic drugs”
    synonyms: narcotising, narcotizing
    capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent
  4. adjective
    inducing mental lethargy
    “a narcotic speech”
    synonyms: soporiferous, soporific
    arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement
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