Simple Definition of bromide
: a drug that makes a person calm
: a statement that is intended to make people feel happier or calmer but that is not original or effective
Examples of bromide in a sentence
His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together.
<a newspaper editorial offering the timeworn bromide that people should settle their differences peacefully>
Did You Know?
After bromine was discovered in 1827, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide. Potassium bromide was used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness, and by the 20th century, bromide was being used figuratively to apply to anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness. Today, bromides are no longer an ingredient in sedative preparations, but we can still feel the effects of figurative bromides as we encounter them in our daily routines.
First Known Use of bromide
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