ho·​meo·​path·​ic | \ ˌhō-mē-ə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce homeopathic (audio) \

Definition of homeopathic

1 : of or relating to homeopathy
2 : of a diluted or insipid nature a homeopathic abolitionist— W. A. White

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homeopathically \ ˌhō-​mē-​ə-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homeopathically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of homeopathic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cases make the idea of homeopathic products meant to be injected directly into the body far more worrisome. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopaths sell injections containing strychnine, lead, mercury. Seriously," 16 June 2020 Rescue Remedy is a simple homeopathic formula that helps ease fear and anxiety. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "20 things every cat owner needs from Chewy," 14 May 2020 These vitamins, these supplements, these homeopathic remedies are all very helpful and this is a trial and error process. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Chris Cuomo's wife, Cristina, gives update on her coronavirus battle: 'I woke up feeling so much better'," 19 Apr. 2020 All kinds of alleged miracle cures and treatments for COVID-19 have hit the marketplace since the pandemic reached the U.S. Federal authorities say such fraudulent claims involve homeopathic medicine and the use of unproven drugs. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Is ozone therapy a COVID-19 treatment? Dallas feds consider it ‘fraudulent’," 22 Apr. 2020 The prime minister and his colleagues have held intellectuals and experts in disdain, and promoted traditional medicine in the past, undermining the health ministry’s efforts to combat misinformation by endorsing homeopathic prophylactic treatment. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, "The Callousness of India’s COVID-19 Response," 27 Mar. 2020 USA TODAY Beware of memes, social media posts and advertisements promising homeopathic remedies to coronavirus. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Beware of these fake coronavirus cures on social media," 19 Mar. 2020 Jha and other experts worry that misinformation from government officials and BJP lawmakers touting cow products and unproven homeopathic remedies as ways to prevent infection add to the country’s challenges in containing an outbreak. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "India Is the World's Second-Most Populous Country. Can It Handle the Coronavirus Outbreak?," 12 Mar. 2020 Earlier this year, Mariposa put on free, monthly homeopathic healing events at Plaza Guadalupe. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Rebel Mariposa of La Botanica serves up vegan dishes, activism," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of homeopathic

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homeopathic

homeo- + -pathic, after German homöopathisch

Note: The German adjective was introduced by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the founder of homeopathy, probably first in the essay "Fingerzeige auf den homöopathischen Gebrauch der Arzeien in der bisherigen Praxis," Journal der practischen Arzneykunde und Wundarzneykunst, edited by C. W. Hufeland, Band 26, 2. Theil (1807), pp. 5-43. Upon introducing the word, Hahnemann defines it in a footnote: "Homöopathisch ist, was ein ὅμοιον πάθος, ein ähnliches Leiden zu erzeugen Tendenz hat" ("Homeopathic is that which tends to produce a hómoion páthos, a similar suffering") (p. 8). See also allopathic.

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“Homeopathic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeopathic. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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