Definition of narcotic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɑːˈkɒtɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɑːrˈkɑːtɪk//
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  1. 1(formal) a powerful illegal drug that affects the mind in a harmful way. Heroin and cocaine are narcotics. a narcotics agent (= a police officer investigating the illegal trade in drugs) See related entries: Addiction
  2. 2(medical) a substance that relaxes you, reduces pain or makes you sleep a mild narcotic
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French narcotique, via medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikos, from narkoun ‘make numb’.Extra examples He has been arrested for trading in narcotics. Narcotics trafficking represents 30 to 50 per cent of organized crime’s take. The main reason people abuse illegal narcotics is so they may ‘escape’ from their harsh, cruel reality. a narcotics agent
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