One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Something regarded as inducing a false and unrealistic sense of contentment among people.
- ‘It's almost like the opium of the people that Karl Marx was talking about a century ago.’
- ‘Some papers are now part of the showbiz industry and for many, celebrity rather than religion is now the opium of the people.’
- ‘Marx said that religion is the opium of the people.’
- ‘In a way, the lottery has become, as Mr Marx would have said, ‘the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of heartless conditions, the opium of the people.’’
- ‘Food has long been the opium of the masses.’
- ‘Perhaps Tommy thinks mints are the opium of the masses but, seeing him there, Curran immediately withdrew the Polos and handed them back to Rosie.’
- ‘Football was viewed by a man whose business judgement is rarely wrong, as the opium of the masses and the quickest way to shift satellite dishes.’
- ‘The well-known expression that religion is the opium of the people was made famous by Marx but was also used independently around the same time by the Christian reformer Charles Kingsley.’
- ‘Marx called religion the heart of a heartless world, the soul of a soulless condition, the opium of the people.’
- ‘But in Bachelder's America, the corporation is king, entertainment is the opium of the masses and you are free to do exactly what you are told.’
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