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Examples of panacea in a Sentence
The law will improve the lives of local farmers, but it is no panacea.
a woman who seems to believe that chicken soup is a panacea for nearly everything
Recent Examples of panacea from the Web
Nor should any one particular change be hailed a panacea for all that ails the city.
All of these technological advances aren’t meant to be a panacea, and analysts warn that the quality and affordability of such products can vary greatly.
Deregulation, we were told, was the panacea for our ills.
Because the ultimate goal, the panacea for human health, is to build and maintain diverse, strong communities.
For all the research, all the grants, all the talk — there’s still no panacea.
The substandard Phillies were a panacea for a Cardinals team in crisis.
While not the panacea that many in Silicon Valley suggest, technology can reduce instructional costs with the same or even better results.
The new schools were a panacea for some parents unhappy with neighborhood schools, but unpopular with some traditional educators and teacher unions.
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panacea Comes From the Name of a Greek Goddess
Panacea comes from a Greek word meaning "all-healing", and Panacea was the goddess of healing. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, alchemists who sought to concoct the "elixir of life" (which would give eternal life) and the "philosopher's stone" (which would turn ordinary metals into gold) also labored to find the panacea. But no such medicine was ever found, just as no solution to all of a society's difficulties has ever been found. Thus, panacea is almost always used to criticize the very idea of a total solution ("There's no panacea for the current problems plaguing Wall Street").
Origin and Etymology of panacea
Latin, from Greek panakeia, from panakēs all-healing, from pan- + akos remedy
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
PANACEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of panacea for English Language Learners
: something that will make everything about a situation better
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