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Opiate


O'PIATE, noun [from opium.]

1. Primarily, a medicine of a thicker consistence than syrup, prepared with opium.

A soft electuary.

Electuaries when soft are call opiata.

But in modern usage generally,

2. Any medicine that has the quality of inducing sleep or repose; a narcotic.

3. That which induces rest or inaction; that which quiets uneasiness.

They chose atheism as an opiate

O'PIATE, adjective

1. Inducing sleep; soporiferous; somniferous; narcotic.

2. Causing rest or inaction.