an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈan-ti-ˌdōt How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Definition of antidote

1 : a remedy to counteract the effects of poison needed the antidote for the snake's venom
2 : something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts an antidote to boredom

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Other Words from antidote

antidote transitive verb

Examples of antidote in a Sentence

There is no antidote to this poison. For him, racing motorcycles is a great antidote to boredom.
Recent Examples on the Web Adding to the initial supply is now seen as a potential antidote. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Tarzan story serves as a partial antidote to complaints about sexless superhero movies. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Yet, education can be a great antidote to this problem. Ravi Chaudhary, CNN, 27 May 2021 Sadio Mané’s opening goal proved a potent antidote, for a while. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Liza’s authentic warmth is such a refreshing antidote to Halston’s chilly artifice that a full-on dual portrait might have worked better to deepen both characters. Judy Berman, Time, 14 May 2021 But forget the political spin — it’s not the wealthy who are leaving but those who can’t afford the rising cost of housing, writes columnist George Skelton. — Are cash handouts a better antidote to poverty? Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021 And while the President ran as an antidote to then-President Donald Trump, Johnson has often been compared to the 45th President for his populist message and often brash comments. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 10 June 2021 He was also seen as an antidote to the superteam trend. New York Times, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of antidote

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antidote

Middle English antidot, from Latin antidotum, from Greek antidotos, from feminine of antidotos given as an antidote, from antididonai to give as an antidote, from anti- + didonai to give — more at date

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“Antidote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antidote

: a substance that stops the harmful effects of a poison
: something that corrects or improves the bad effects of something


an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈan-ti-ˌdōt How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Kids Definition of antidote

: something used to reverse or prevent the action of a poison


an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈant-i-ˌdōt How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Medical Definition of antidote

: a remedy that counteracts the effects of poison

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