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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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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 But during commercial breaks in the Super Bowl, advertisers did their best to serve up an antidote heavily spiked with fun. Washington Post, "Business Highlights," 3 Feb. 2020 Ingram also led a countywide effort to increase the accessibility of Narcan, the opioid overdose antidote. Anne Saker,, "Hamilton County's health commissioner, Tim Ingram, to retire after 27 years on the job," 3 Feb. 2020 Last year, researchers from Denmark and Costa Rica used such a method to make experimental antidotes that saved mice from the venom of the black mamba, a deadly African snake. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last," 6 Jan. 2020 Being challenged at work is the antidote to feeling stuck in a rut. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: 2020 vision: New Year’s goals and resolutions," 28 Dec. 2019 Steven Pinker has an antidote in his 2018 book Enlightenment Now. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "Depressed by the news? Here’s how to alter your worldview," 20 Dec. 2019 Big tech companies have peddled many antidotes to phone addiction. Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "“Greenwashing” Isn’t Enough. Fashion Designers Must Do More.," 17 Dec. 2019 The most common nasal antidote in the U.S. retails for more than $100, double what most Europeans pay for Nyxoid. Anchorage Daily News, "Sackler-owned opioid maker pushes overdose treatment abroad," 16 Dec. 2019 The most common nasal antidote in the U.S. retails for more than $100, double what most Europeans pay for Nyxoid. Kristen Gelineau, The Denver Post, "Purdue Pharma’s foreign affiliate now selling overdose cure," 15 Dec. 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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antidote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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


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Medical Definition of antidote

: a remedy that counteracts the effects of poison

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