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nepenthe

nepenthe

noun ne·pen·the \nə-ˈpen(t)-thē\

Definition of NEPENTHE

1
:  a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow
2
:  something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering
ne·pen·the·an \-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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