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elixir

[ ih-lik-ser ]

noun

  1. Pharmacology. a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing, or used as a vehicle for, medicinal substances.
  2. Also called elixir of life. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of prolonging life.
  3. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold.
  4. the quintessence or absolute embodiment of anything.
  5. a panacea; cure-all; sovereign remedy.


elixir

/ ɪˈlɪksə /

noun

  1. an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely ( elixir of life ) or of transmuting base metals into gold
  2. anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
  3. an underlying principle; quintessence
  4. a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste


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Word History and Origins

Origin of elixir1

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Arabic al iksīr alchemical preparation < Late Greek xḗrion drying powder (for wounds), equivalent to Greek xēr ( ós ) dry + -ion, neuter of -ios adj. suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of elixir1

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry

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Example Sentences

Luckily, after centuries of drinking this grape elixir, some hacks and gadgets exist to help preserve the lifespan of an open bottle.

Before rubbing expensive elixirs on your face, it’s important to understand what the best beard care products do for your whiskers.

In this Jazz Age New York, ghosts haunt mansion corridors, flappers drink special elixirs that make them float, and members of the elite have obtained their fame and fortune by selling their souls to demons.

Americans were dying, statewide shutdowns seemed unending, kids were missing school, and the president was peddling elixirs and mocking science.

There he offends virtually everyone, devouring the Jade Empress’s life-extending peaches and drinking the immortality elixirs of Laozi, the Taoist patriarch.

Football “is what Plato calls a pharmakon, a poison and an elixir,” he writes.

And the rising star still standing just might be in the best position to offer some elixir to our deeply ailing political system.

Only she can make hetersoexuality sound like a life-saving elixir that I need to inject directly into my veins.

My wife had a very deadly form of cancer, and his story was a powerful elixir that helped us get through it.

How a 1,000-year-old fragrant elixir traveled over continents and time to become the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby.

He is seeking the elixir of long life, for which superior minds have been seeking these two thousand years.

Your elixir will not prevent a chimney falling on a man, a bullet going clear through him, or a horse kicking his skull open?

I gave him the precious elixir which my mother alone on earth could draw from roots such as no eye of man has ever seen.

Sanatogen, the new elixir of life compounded of casein and glycerophosphates, has been noticed in The Journal from time to time.

The result was that our friend sent to Kansas for the "Elixir of Life."

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