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[ fil-ter ]


  1. a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
  2. a magic potion for any purpose.

verb (used with object)

, phil·tered, phil·ter·ing.
  1. to enchant or bewitch with a philter.
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  • philter·er noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of philter1

First recorded in 1580–90; from French philtre, from Latin philtrum; philtrum
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Example Sentences

I sell a great deal of this philter, especially to ladies; we will lay in a good stock of it.

I am now making a philter to arouse love; it is not very difficult to make, for all I need is tonics, alcohol and stimulants.

I compounded this philter of corrosive sublimate and herbs that have an effect upon the skin.

Poor Grard could stand it no longer; the philter was working; colic and headache appeared.

Philtre, Philter, fil′tėr, n. a charm or spell to excite love.


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