- a confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.
Origin of mithridate
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Note: Realgar: The Chinese believe that realgar is a mithridate and tonic.The Chinese Fairy Book
The mithridate is still prepared in some shops, and is occasionally, though very rarely, prescribed.
Mithridate was formerly conceived to be good for nearly every disease, and an antidote for every known poison.
The cabal which gathered head against Bajazet could only whisper its malignities when Mithridate appeared.A History of French Literature
Officers and ladies took part in the performances, and the plays Nicomède and Mithridate were wholly unobjectionable.Count Frontenac
William Dawson LeSueur
- obsolete a substance believed to be an antidote to every poison and a cure for every disease
C16: from Late Latin mithradatium, after Mithridates VI, alluding to his legendary immunity to poisons
Word Origin and History for mithridate
"antidote against poison," from Medieval Latin mithridatum, from Late Latin mithridatium, neuter of Mithridatius "pertaining to Mithridates," king of Pontus, who made himself poison-proof.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper