homeopathic

adjective
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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Other Words from homeopathic

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 Reefer madness Physician Jacques-Joseph Moreau de Tours, organizer of the infamous Club des Hachichins in Paris during the 1840s, likewise heralded dawamesk as a homeopathic wonder drug for treating mental illness. David A Guba, Quartz, "France’s forgotten golden age of medicinal marijuana," 3 Oct. 2019 Searches on its website for cold and flu remedies or teething products for infants yield pages full of homeopathic junk products. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Walmart sued over marketing of homeopathic treatments," 10 June 2019 The prosecution claims the couple actually drove across the country to visit a homeopathic doctor, who then sent them to a hospital. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Malnourished Baby Dies After His Parents Only Gave Him Vegan Milk," 22 May 2017 France will end social security reimbursements for homeopathic drugs, French Healthcare Minister Agnès Buzyn said in a newspaper interview Tuesday, adding that the new policy would be fully implemented from the start of 2021. Washington Post, "Uber offers roomier 'comfort rides'," 10 July 2019 France has recognised homeopathic remedies as akin to medicine since the 1960s. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 As many as 10 percent of kids get homeopathic remedies from parents, especially for problems like teething and ear infections, according to the National Capital Poison Control Center. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Walmart sued over marketing of homeopathic treatments," 10 June 2019 Another two make homeopathic remedies for health conditions—like recovery from surgery or childbirth or the flu—that are well treated with seaweed. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Rose water, a liquid made from the steam distillation of rose petals, is a homeopathic beauty treatment used since ancient Egypt. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beauty Benefits of Rose Water," 8 Feb. 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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