antidote

noun
an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈan-ti-ˌdōt \

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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Examples of antidote in a Sentence

There is no antidote to this poison. For him, racing motorcycles is a great antidote to boredom.

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Physicians around the world agreed the likely cause was thallium poisoning (a toxic heavy metal sometimes used in rat poison), and her doctors treated her with the commercial dye Prussian blue, the most common antidote. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case," 25 Dec. 2018 The winter winds may be kicking up around the country, but several of this week's best beauty Instagrams offered an antidote to unkempt glamour in the form of not-one-hair-astray sleek. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Hailey Bieber Thinks Pink (and More!)," 9 Dec. 2018 The guitar legend’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s original is the smooth antidote for a scary night. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "33 Epic Halloween Songs To Make Up For Your Last-Minute Costume," 29 Sep. 2018 Sometimes street art serves as an antidote to blight. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "An East End mural to fight gentrification," 12 July 2018 Its portrait of Rogers as a gentle man who preached kindness and tolerance as an antidote to the turbulence of the late 20th century seems to have struck a chord with viewers lamenting the harshness of politics and pop culture today. Beth J. Harpaz, chicagotribune.com, "It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania on Mister Rogers' trail," 12 July 2018 Actually, adrenaline is the most important antidote to treat anaphylaxis. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 If someone overdoses at one of more than 90 such locations in Europe and elsewhere, a health worker or other first responder quickly administers an antidote. The Editors, Scientific American, "Addicts Should Be Able to Shoot Up Legally in Safe-Injection Facilities," 27 June 2018 To spend time in this place is as good an antidote as any to the ubiquity of algorithms. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018

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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

noun

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

antidote

noun
an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈan-ti-ˌdōt \

Kids Definition of antidote

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

antidote

noun
an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈant-i-ˌdōt \

Medical Definition of antidote 

: a remedy that counteracts the effects of poison

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