[ UK /lˈɔːdænəm/ ]
[ US /ˈɫɔdənəm/ ]
  1. narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
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How To Use laudanum In A Sentence

  • This is the dormitive I take to bedward; I need no other laudanum than this to make me sleep; after which I close mine eyes in security, content to take my leave of the sun, and sleep unto the resurrection. Religio Medici
  • During the nineteenth century, laudanum, made from a tincture of opium, was a popular sleeping aid, but it was known to be fatal in large doses.
  • She took laudanum for this, as was the fashion, a habit that brought her to the attention of a fellow poet, the opium addict Coleridge.
  • When he returned at half-past eleven o'clock, he found his rooms full of a strong odour of laudanum; his wife was breathing stertorously and lying unconscious on the bed.
  • No, it is not the tincture of laudanum I placed in my thin gruel.
  • Doctors would give babies phenobarbital for colic and laudanum (a form of opium) for teething.
  • 'Is not it shocking to think,' continued she, after she had swallowed it, 'that in laudanum alone I find the means of supporting existence?' Belinda
  • The room where she wrote, in between bouts of melancholia and swigs of laudanum, remains above the old entrance to the stables.
  • The rest of the errands were much like others he had run in the past, except for one small item; among the other items Cameron wanted from the apothecary was a remarkable quantity of laudanum, and for the first time since Paul had known him, a small amount of morphia. Red dust
  • Meanwhile, the tansy powder would do Clifford no harm, and the laudanum was a proper treatment for this acute period. City of Glory
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