- a medicine or other remedy for counteracting the effects of poison, disease, etc.
- something that prevents or counteracts injurious or unwanted effects: Good jobs are the best antidote to teenage crime.
- to counteract with an antidote: Medication was given to antidote the poison the child had swallowed.
Origin of antidote
Related Words for antidoteremedy, cure, corrective, countermeasure, medicine, antitoxin, preventive, antivenin, counteractant, counteragent, negator, neutralizer
Examples from the Web for antidote
Contemporary Examples of antidote
I highly doubt that anyone not already in a state of despair would look to war as an antidote to Godlessness.There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes
October 5, 2014
Reformers understood that constructive societal evolution was the antidote to socialist revolution.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
“Accelerate this process,” said Royce, adding that the Free Syrian Army is the antidote to the ongoing expansion of ISIS in Syria.After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama’s ISIS War
September 2, 2014
Qutb himself did not make the Caliphate central to his thought, but his disciples saw it as the only antidote to jahiliyyah.Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children
July 11, 2014
The antidote to both dangers—fireworks and drunk driving—is the same: tighter regulation.How Not to Blow Yourself Up on July 4th
July 3, 2014
Historical Examples of antidote
I only wished that my mother had been present to receive an antidote to Mrs. Coates.
Before she slept, I said, he must administer an antidote to Coates's poison.
Now, where can he find an antidote, who can teach him a healing formula?The Book of Khalid
“Work is the only antidote,” said the Doctor, not moving his eyes.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
You are mistaken about there being an antidote and a poison.
- med a drug or agent that counteracts or neutralizes the effects of a poison
- anything that counteracts or relieves a harmful or unwanted condition; remedy
Word Origin for antidote
Word Origin and History for antidote
"remedy counteracting poison," 1510s (earlier in English as a Latin word), from Middle French antidot and directly from Latin antidotum "a remedy against poison," from Greek antidoton "given as a remedy," literally "given against," verbal adjective of antididonai "give in return," from anti- "against" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)). Cf. Middle English antidotarie "treatise on drugs or medicines" (c.1400).
- An agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
- A substance that counteracts the effects of a poison.