panacea

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noun pan·a·cea \ˌpa-nə-ˈsē-ə\

Definition of panacea

  1. :  a remedy for all ills or difficulties :  cure-all

panacean

play \-ˈsē-ən\ adjective

Examples of panacea in a sentence

  1. The law will improve the lives of local farmers, but it is no panacea.

  2. <a woman who seems to believe that chicken soup is a panacea for nearly everything>

Did You Know?

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: 1548


PANACEA Defined for English Language Learners

panacea

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noun pan·a·cea \ˌpa-nə-ˈsē-ə\

Definition of panacea for English Language Learners

  • : something that will make everything about a situation better


Medical Dictionary

panacea

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noun pan·a·cea \ˌpan-ə-ˈsē-ə\

Medical Definition of panacea

  1. :  a remedy for all ills or difficulties

panacean

\-ˈsē-ən\play adjective


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