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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A depressant or sedative drug, such as a barbiturate or tranquilizer.
  • n. Slang One that depresses, such as an experience or person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A negative drug trip.
  • n. A drug that has depressant qualities.
  • n. Something or someone disagreeable, dispiriting or depressing; a killjoy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

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