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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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.

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The movie’s most effective antidote to piousness, though, is Callahan’s corrosive sense of humor. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 The antidote, then, would appear to be simple: Depending on the positioning of the fielders, bunt for a base hit. Neil Greenberg,, "Analytics killed the bunt. Now a new data-driven strategy could bring it back to life.," 10 July 2018 Ant-Man was noticeably absent from Infinity War, and this week's Ant-Man and the Wasp explains why: to give Infinity War haters a silly, one-off antidote. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ant-Man and the Wasp review: Even smaller scale, even bigger heart," 6 July 2018 There is no antidote - and that has made the Marburg virus a prime candidate for biological warfare. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 Cristina Alger offers an antidote to that sub-genre: an international thriller about two highly reliable women forced into action when the men in their lives vanish and leave them holding the bag. Steph Cha, USA TODAY, "Smart women get caught up in deadly intrigue in page-turning 'The Banker's Wife'," 2 July 2018 Police used four doses of Narcan, a heroin-overdose antidote, to revive the woman. Bob Sandrick,, "Drunk driver passes out behind wheel of SUV; silver SUV turfs lawn, hits garbage can: Brook Park police blotter," 4 May 2018 Made to stand up to Bangkok’s debilitating humidity, Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder ($8 at, a next-level chub-rub antidote, feels tingly between the thighs. Lauren Levy, The Cut, "The Everything Guide to Staying Cool at a Summer Wedding," 12 Apr. 2018 Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition offers help on everything from accessing life-saving training on naloxone, the heroin and opioid antidote, to finding detox facilities and treatment centers. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Not even the Bible is safe. Here's where experts say some kids hide their drugs," 9 Apr. 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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The first known use of antidote was in the 15th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of antidote

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


an·ti·dote | \ ˈant-i-ˌdōt \

Medical Definition of antidote 

: a remedy that counteracts the effects of poison

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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