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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
Forget bromides about rooting for Baltimore and what every community deserves.
Its lone post mixed narcissism and self-justification with bromides about faith and forgiveness.
The anodyne responses the students received from L.U.O. were frequently glossed with Christian bromides.
Part of the reason the entire crisis spun so far out of control is because for five days after the first reports of the Cambridge Analytica breach, the company issued nothing but reassuring bromides and a few fitful tweets.
Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington Tuesday wearing a suit and mouthing his favorite bromides about doing good and bringing the world together with Facebook.
In one prominent case, McKesson Corp., a medical supplier that sold the muscle relaxer vecuronium bromide to Arkansas, said last year that the state had bought the drug under false pretenses.
Arkansas uses midazolam to sedate inmates before injecting them with vecuronium bromide, which stops their lungs, and potassium chloride, which stops their hearts.
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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.
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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