Word of the Day: Drug


drug / drŭg


1. a chemical substance used to treat, prevent or diagnose a disease; a medicine

Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is. 

Norman Cousins, 1912 – 1990


2. a chemical substance, affecting the body’s central nervous system which can cause addiction

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936



1. to administer a chemical substance to someone for a medical reason

Drugging out symptoms does not solve the problem, it helps us ignore it – until the vehicle breaks down. 

From “Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here” by Bruce H. Lipton, 1944 –


2. to secretly give a chemical substance in order to make one unconscious or to reduce their mental perception

Helping people to become self-sufficient is much more compassionate than drugging them with the narcotic of welfare.

Rush Limbaugh, 1951 – 2021


3. to put a chemical substance in food or drink, particularly with the intent to do harm; to poison with a chemical substance

She will mix a mess for you to drink, and she will drug the meal with which she makes it, but she will not be able to charm you, for the virtue of the herb that I shall give you will prevent her spells from working. 

From “The Odyssey” by Homer, fl. 8th or 9th century BC