[kyoo r-awl]


Origin of cure-all

First recorded in 1785–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cure-all

elixir, nostrum, catholicon, theriac

Examples from the Web for cure-all

Contemporary Examples of cure-all

Historical Examples of cure-all

  • The "single taxer" sees in this a cure-all for the ills of society.

  • Cross-pollination, be it remembered, is not a cure-all for failures to set fruit.

  • Then cure-all salve must be rubbed in where patches of skin came off.

  • Let us pray that they be given the ballot to prove to them its utter futility as a cure-all.


    James Huneker

  • Of course it has the patent-medicine flavor, too; Detroit, by her "slogan," is a cure-all.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street

British Dictionary definitions for cure-all



something reputed to cure all ailments
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Word Origin and History for cure-all

"panacea," 1870, from cure (v.) + all. As a name of various plants, it is attested from 1793.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cure-all in Medicine




A remedy that cures all diseases or evils; a panacea.
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