Simple Definition of panacea
: something that will make everything about a situation better
Examples of panacea in a sentence
The law will improve the lives of local farmers, but it is no panacea.
<a woman who seems to believe that chicken soup is a panacea for nearly everything>
Did You Know?
Panacea comes from a Greek word meaning "all-healing", and Panacea was the goddess of healing. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, alchemists who sought to concoct the "elixir of life" (which would give eternal life) and the "philosopher's stone" (which would turn ordinary metals into gold) also labored to find the panacea. But no such medicine was ever found, just as no solution to all of a society's difficulties has ever been found. Thus, panacea is almost always used to criticize the very idea of a total solution ("There's no panacea for the current problems plaguing Wall Street").
Origin and Etymology of panacea
Latin, from Greek panakeia, from panakēs all-healing, from pan- + akos remedy
First Known Use: 1548
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