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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 Lino’s favorite, his teriyaki steak, is the antidote to the dry, leathery junk sold at most Hawaiian barbecue restaurants around town. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in January for tacos, Hawaiian BBQ and French fare," 3 Jan. 2020 And the system has many supporters, who see the new ratings as an antidote to years of too much testing. Liz Bowie,, "Maryland pays less attention to test scores as it rates its schools these days. Has it gone too far?," 6 Dec. 2019 Mainstream democratic forces are searching for a new narrative that acts as an antidote to the fearmongering of populists – and that must be the narrative of happiness and hope. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Time, "I Led One of the Happiest Countries in the World. Here's What Other Democracies Could Learn From Our Model," 27 Nov. 2019 Not just the kind of justice that's handed down in courtrooms, but justice in the broad sense as an antidote to inequality, a righting of societal wrongs. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "At the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, writers talk triumphs, toils of exposing injustice," 25 July 2019 It was posited as an antidote to the War on Drugs, which resulted in record numbers of black men being locked up for relatively small amounts of drugs. Eric Heisig,, "Cleveland man freed from prison after Trump-signed criminal justice reform bill grateful for second chance," 18 Mar. 2019 Her color is now shoulder-length and a much warmer, buttery blonde—the perfect antidote to the gloomy winter weather. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Got a Major Haircut and a New Color," 6 Dec. 2019 The antidote to these sweet and silly desserts disguising themselves as cocktails is the sophisticated balsamic cosmopolitan at Fiori d’Italia, which shakes up some of the best drinks in town. Anchorage Daily News, "12 drinks of Christmas: Coffees, cocoas, cocktails and kombuchas to get you through to the new year," 28 Nov. 2019 Perhaps the antidote is Donald, the reigning two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who has a tendency to use his amazing combination of power and speed is to blow up offenses by wreaking havoc right up the gut. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can state his case for new contract vs. Patriots," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of antidote was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antidote.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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