[ mith-ri-deyt ]
/ ˈmɪθ rɪˌdeɪt /

noun Old Pharmacology.

a confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.

Nearby words

  1. mithraeum,
  2. mithraic,
  3. mithraicism,
  4. mithraism,
  5. mithras,
  6. mithridates vi,
  7. mithridatism,
  8. mithridatize,
  9. mithril,
  10. miticide

Origin of mithridate

1520–30; earlier mithridatum < Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin mithridātium, noun use of neuter of Mithridātius, equivalent to Mithridāt(ēs) Mithridates VI (see mithridatism) + -ius -ious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mithridate


/ (ˈmɪθrɪˌdeɪt) /


obsolete a substance believed to be an antidote to every poison and a cure for every disease

Word Origin for mithridate

C16: from Late Latin mithradatium, after Mithridates VI, alluding to his legendary immunity to poisons

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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.

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