antidote

noun
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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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 Patrick’s smart and good-natured show has often served as the antidote to the contrived and boring Argument Radio around here, the palate-cleanser, a program that elevates my mood rather than my blood pressure. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Dan Patrick’s radio show in tune with the times," 1 Jan. 2021 In the north of England, the city of Preston has promoted cooperatives as an antidote to a decade of national austerity. New York Times, "Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges," 29 Dec. 2020 The drug has been around since the 1960s when it was introduced as an agent for clearing mucus in the lungs and later as an antidote for acetaminophen poisoning. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "How to Stop Biting Your Nails—a Potential Treatment Offers Promise," 28 Dec. 2020 End-to-end encryption is the antidote to such snooping. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google is testing end-to-end encryption in Android Messages," 19 Nov. 2020 Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote. David Rising, Fox News, "Navalny condition improved enough for him to be released: German hospital," 23 Sep. 2020 Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote. David Rising And Daria Litvinova, chicagotribune.com, "Alexei Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days, following treatment for poisoning," 23 Sep. 2020 Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than a week while being treated with an antidote. Daria Litvinova, Star Tribune, "Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body," 21 Sep. 2020 Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than a week while being treated with an antidote. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "Alexei Navalny shares photo, speaks of initial 'despair' when waking from coma," 19 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Antidote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antidote. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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antidote

noun
How to pronounce antidote (audio)

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 How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Kids Definition of antidote

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

antidote

noun
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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