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

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.
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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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3 Jul 2022

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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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