- a drink or draft, especially one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers: a love potion; a sleeping potion.
Origin of potion
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Examples from the Web for potion
The rooms come equipped with 4-poster wooden beds, potion bottles, cauldrons, and Hogwartsian accents—perfect for us mere muggles.Stay in the Magical ‘Harry Potter’ Hotel: London’s Georgian House Offers ‘Wizard’s Chambers’
October 26, 2014
They are then blended with chicken broth and that potion is thickened with cream.A California Tavern With an Artichoke Obsession
Jane & Michael Stern
June 1, 2014
He takes the potion, regenerates and says, “Doctor, no more.”
They give him a potion that will let him pick his next regeneration.
Mr. Gold, however, had other ideas, and tricked both Emma and Regina (Lana Parilla), taking the potion for himself.‘Homeland,’ ‘Revenge,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and More: Where We Left Off
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
September 10, 2012
Mrs Bangham submitted; and the doctor, having administered her potion, took his own.Little Dorrit
The opium that I had taken in my potion made my head rather heavy.My Double Life
Or would you abstain from using the potion altogether, although you have no reason for abstaining?'
But is there any potion which might serve as a test of overboldness and excessive and indiscreet boasting?
At first poison was tried, but she suspected it, and would not take the potion.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- a drink, esp of medicine, poison, or some supposedly magic beverage
- a rare word for beverage
Word Origin and History for potion
c.1300, pocioun "medicinal drink," from Old French pocion "potion, draught, medicine" (12c.), from Latin potionem (nominative potio) "a potion, a drinking," also "poisonous draught, magic potion," from potus, irregular past participle of potare "to drink," from PIE root *po(i)- "to drink" (cf. Sanskrit pati "drinks," panam "beverage;" Greek pinein "to drink," poton "that which one drinks," potos "drinking bout;" Old Church Slavonic piti "to drink," pivo "beverage"). Potus as a past participle adjective in Latin meant "drunken."
- A liquid medicinal dose or drink.