nepenthe, an imaginary goddess, the allayer of pain and the soother of sorrows, or the impersonation of stern retributive justice.
Perhaps it was a berry of the nepenthe, which brought oblivion.
In the Odyssey, in connection with Helen, mention is made of nepenthe.
This particular preparation of valerian is nepenthe for the nerves.
I did not find the nepenthe I sought for anywhere on draught, so I went home in disgust.
Crown us with asphodel flowers, that are wet with the dews of nepenthe.
nepenthe was an Egyptian drug that dispelled the memory of whatever is sad.
I drank of the nepenthe cup, and in it my past was washed out and my soul was drowned.'
Repeat that air; it fascinates, benumbs me, it takes away my memory like a cup of nepenthe.
I do not employ opium as an aid to my social activities; I regard it as nepenthe from them and as a key to a brighter realm.
1570s, nepenthes, from Greek nepenthes, from ne- "no, not" (see un-) + penthos "pain, grief," from PIE *kwent(h)- "to suffer" (see pathos). A drug of Egypt mentioned in the "Odyssey" as capable of banishing grief or trouble from the mind. The -s is a proper part of the word, but likely was mistaken in English as a plural affix and dropped.