antidote

See also: Antidote

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From Latin antidotum, from Ancient Greek ἀντίδοτον (antídoton), neuter of ἀντίδοτος (antídotos, given as a remedy for), from ἀντιδίδωμι (antidídōmi, I give in return, repay), from ἀντί (antí, against) + δίδωμι (dídōmi, I give). Compare French antidote.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæn.tə.dot/
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NounEdit

antidote (plural antidotes)

  1. A remedy to counteract the effects of poison (often followed by "against," "for," or "to").
    She reached the hospital in time to receive the antidote for the snake venom.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii], page 149, column 2:
      Can'ſt thou not Miniſter to a minde diſeas'd, / Plucke from the Memory a rooted Sorrow, / Raze out the written troubles of the Braine, / And with ſome ſweet Obliuious Antidote / Cleanſe the ſtufft boſome, of that perillous ſtuffe / Which weighes vpon the heart?
    • 2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season”, in The New York Times[1]:
      The druids [] believed that mistletoe could make barren animals fecund, and that it was an antidote to all poisons.
  2. (figuratively) Something that counteracts or prevents something harmful.
    Synonym: remedy
    We need an antidote for this misinformation.

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antidote (third-person singular simple present antidotes, present participle antidoting, simple past and past participle antidoted)

  1. (transitive) To counteract as an antidote.
    • 2007, Suzanne C. Lawton, Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, Asperger syndrome: natural steps toward a better life (page 143)
      For his part, the patient must avoid some commonplace substances in order to avoid antidoting or stopping the action of the homeopathic remedy []

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From Latin antidotum.

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antidote m (plural antidotes)

  1. antidote

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