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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: opiatus, from Latin opium; OPIUM


Related topics: Drugs, Medicines, Drug Culture
o‧pi‧ate [countable]
1MDMDD a drug that contains opium. Opiates can be used to reduce severe pain and help people to sleep.
2 something that makes people stop thinking about the problems in their lives so that they stop trying to make their lives better - used to show disapproval:
Hollywood movies were seen as an opiate for the people.

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