- a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
- an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties: His economic philosophy is a good one, but he tries to use it as a panacea.
Origin of panacea
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1, 2. elixir, nostrum.
- an ancient Greek goddess of healing.
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Examples from the Web for panacea
CAP came out for airstrikes against ISIS inside Iraq in June, but warned they were not a panacea.After Underestimating ISIS, Obama Scrambles for Plan to Defeat Them
August 9, 2014
Relying on a phone call a week from your kids is hardly a panacea for loneliness.Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life
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The Common Core standards are not a panacea; much depends on the curricula that states and districts select to implement them.The Incredibly Stupid War on the Common Core
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April 21, 2014
Even a ban on semi-automatics is no panacea in a world full of powerful shotguns.There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre
December 17, 2012
The insulting needs to stop, but so too does the idea that tax cuts and family values are a panacea to all socioeconomic issues.How Do You Make Inroads With Asian-Americans?
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A brick may be considered a panacea, and may be carried in the hat.
Government interference, the panacea of cranks and schemers.The Railroad Question
It is merely a spoon with which the panacea can be administered.The New Nation
Frederic L. Paxson
Then rest is sought for—rest is looked for as the panacea for all evils.Old Jack
I'm not a woman—tears are no panacea for suffering like mine.The Music Master
- a remedy for all diseases or ills
C16: via Latin from Greek panakeia healing everything, from pan all + akēs remedy
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Word Origin and History for panacea
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A remedy claimed to be curative of all problems or disorders; a cure-all.
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