Origin of nepenthe
Examples from the Web for nepenthe
Chesney was silent for a second, gazing at the little transparent amphoræ that held Nepenthe.Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
I drank of the nepenthe cup, and in it my past was washed out and my soul was drowned.'The Unknown Sea|Clemence Housman
Nepenthe, an imaginary goddess, the allayer of pain and the soother of sorrows, or the impersonation of stern retributive justice.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
Nepenthe was an Egyptian drug that dispelled the memory of whatever is sad.
Nepenthe passed out from the consideration of the world and then came hasheesh, which is from the Indian hemp.New Tabernacle Sermons|Thomas De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for nepenthe
Word Origin for nepenthe
Word Origin and History for nepenthe
1570s, nepenthes, from Greek nepenthes, from ne- "no, not" (see un-) + penthos "pain, grief," from PIE *kwent(h)- "to suffer" (see pathos). A drug of Egypt mentioned in the "Odyssey" as capable of banishing grief or trouble from the mind. The -s is a proper part of the word, but likely was mistaken in English as a plural affix and dropped.