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  1. the curing of disease by the internal and external use of water.
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Origin of hydropathy

First recorded in 1835–45; hydro-1 + -pathy
Related formshy·dro·path·ic [hahy-druh-path-ik] /ˌhaɪ drəˈpæθ ɪk/, hy·dro·path·i·cal, adjectivehy·drop·a·thist, hy·dro·path, noun
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Examples from the Web for hydropathy

Historical Examples

  • Like poverty, hydropathy makes us acquainted with strange associates.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Charles James Lever

  • The votaries of hydropathy are rarely victims of grave malady.

  • I cannot in the least understand how hydropathy can act as it certainly does on me.

  • Homoeopathy, hydropathy,—the revolutionaries of medicine attracted her.

  • I trust he is already at Richmond enjoying the benefit of hydropathy.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

British Dictionary definitions for hydropathy


  1. a pseudoscientific method of treating disease by the use of large quantities of water both internally and externallyAlso called: water cure Compare hydrotherapy
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Derived Formshydropathic (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈpæθɪk) or hydropathical, adjectivehydropathist or hydropath, noun
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