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nepenthe

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noun ne·pen·the \nə-ˈpen(t)-thē\

Definition of nepenthe

  1. 1 :  a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow

  2. 2 :  something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering

ne·pen·the·an play \-thē-ən\ adjective


Origin of nepenthe

Latin nepenthes, from Greek nēpenthes, neuter of nēpenthēs banishing pain and sorrow, from nē- not + penthos grief, sorrow; akin to Greek pathos suffering — more at no, pathos


First Known Use: 1577


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