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Examples of bromide in a Sentence
His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together.
a newspaper editorial offering the timeworn bromide that people should settle their differences peacefully
Recent Examples of bromide from the Web
Opinion One of the primary reasons America's broken immigration system never gets fixed is because politicians such as Sessions and Gaines willfully promote bromides divorced from realities of the issue.
The state’s supply of vecuronium bromide, held in 75 vials, expires Thursday.
President Trump delivered a fairly traditional mix of barbs and bromides during his 80-minute State of the Union address on Jan. 30, but one seemingly anodyne claim was actually pretty audacious.
But for the most part Trump stuck to the usual State of the Union bromides.
The meeting, a biennial affair, usually delivers bromides about the advantages of global commerce along with some tweaks to the system.
The speech began incoherently, alternating between internationalist bromides and America First rhetoric.
Senator Sanders’s arguments are heavy on populist bromides.
The statement was the rhetorical equivalent of packing peanuts, the kind of airy bromide that fills space and keeps relations between politicians at least minimally decent.
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Did You Know?
After bromine was discovered in 1827, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide. Potassium bromide was used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness, and by the 20th century, bromide was being used figuratively to apply to anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness. Today, bromides are no longer an ingredient in sedative preparations, but we can still feel the effects of figurative bromides as we encounter them in our daily routines.
First Known Use of bromide
BROMIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bromide for English Language Learners
: a drug that makes a person calm
: a statement that is intended to make people feel happier or calmer but that is not original or effective
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