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 Burns and Novick make sure to include many women among the talking heads as an antidote to Hemingway’s thick streak of misogyny., "This American larger than life," 31 Mar. 2021 That knowledge, Peterson said, can act as an antidote to helplessness. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "For the COVID pandemic we wear masks. For the pandemic of gun violence, what do we do?," 24 Mar. 2021 For violence and repression and exploitation, internationalism is the antidote, always. Vinson Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, "The future of L.A. is here. Robin D.G. Kelley’s radical imagination shows us the way," 17 Mar. 2021 Sensing a trend, Mr. Dobrik sought to recreate the disposable-camera experience digitally, as an antidote to the obsession with getting the perfect shot. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Are Disposables the Future of Photo Sharing?," 25 Feb. 2021 An Austin hydration lounge touts itself as the antidote to March Madness burnout. Jonathan Malesic, The New Republic, "The Exaggeration of “Burnout” in America," 25 Mar. 2021 Many of the responses refuted Smith’s opinion that vitamin D could serve as the antidote to the virus that has killed more than 2.7 million people. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Gym owner offering free memberships to clients who don’t get vaccinated," 24 Mar. 2021 Their altruism offers an antidote to the actions of vaccine line jumpers. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "Newsom: California reopening plan to get a new, green tier," 11 Mar. 2021 The author sees an antidote to this tribalism in the rise of fantasy leagues. David Papineau, WSJ, "‘Fans’ Review: Fanfare for the Fanatic," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Antidote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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