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water cure

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noun
  1. hydropathy; hydrotherapy.
  2. a method of torture in which the victim is forced to drink great quantities of water.
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Origin of water cure

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for water cure

Historical Examples

  • "Keep the sermon for the cripples at the water-cure," said Davis, savagely.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)

    Charles James Lever

  • I have since come a degree nearer on cracked wheat at a water-cure!

  • People are beginning to talk of the gas-cure, as they did of the water-cure.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • "The water-cure is the only remedy for me when I am unwell," quoth the Portuguese.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Miss Muller called and swept her off to the Water-cure in the afternoon.


British Dictionary definitions for water cure

water cure

noun
  1. med a nontechnical name for hydropathy, hydrotherapy
  2. informal a form of torture in which the victim is forced to drink very large amounts of water
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