- Pharmacology. a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing, or used as a vehicle for, medicinal substances.
- Also called elixir of life. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of prolonging life.
- an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold.
- the quintessence or absolute embodiment of anything.
- a panacea; cure-all; sovereign remedy.
Origin of elixir
Examples from the Web for elixir
Football “is what Plato calls a pharmakon, a poison and an elixir,” he writes.Has Football Jumped the Shark?
September 1, 2014
And the rising star still standing just might be in the best position to offer some elixir to our deeply ailing political system.For 2016, Take Martin O’Malley Seriously
August 3, 2014
"He poured out everything Gregory gave him after that, the vegetable juices, every elixir," Harold says.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Perry is a pop general, perched atop a candy rainbow, bathing her army of fans in an elixir of empowerment.‘Prism’ Review: Katy Perry Perfects the Pop Blockbuster
October 22, 2013
But denying the regime air supremacy is not the elixir the rebels make it out to be.Syria: Would a No-Fly Zone Help the Rebels Oust Assad?
September 11, 2012
And have you the elixir vita which generally accompanies it?A Virtuoso's Collection (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
She had discovered an elixir which should renew her life to larger ends.
Saved my life by shooting a dog with a bottle of Daffy's elixir!'
My dear mother packed a bottle of Daffy's elixir in the barrel of my pistol.'
He grinds the grains of maturity or the herbs that make the elixir of life.The Chinese Fairy Book
- an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
- anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
- an underlying principle; quintessence
- a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste
Word Origin and History for elixir
mid-13c., from Medieval Latin elixir "philosopher's stone," believed by alchemists to transmute baser metals into gold and/or to cure diseases and prolong life, from Arabic al-iksir, probably from late Greek xerion "powder for drying wounds," from xeros "dry" (see xerasia). General sense of "strong tonic" is 1590s; used for quack medicines from at least 1630s.
- A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.