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Word of the Day
Sunday, January 05, 2003

Definitions for nostrum

  1. A medicine of secret composition and unproven or dubious effectiveness; a quack medicine.
  2. A usually questionable remedy or scheme; a cure-all.

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Citations for nostrum
James is put to work at country fairs, promoting a quack nostrum for pain relief. Patrick McGrath, New York Times
His hopeful message attracted an audience eager to believe he had found the nostrum for all of society's ills. Warren Sloat, New York Times
Origin of nostrum
Nostrum comes from Latin nostrum (remedium), "our (remedy)," from nos, "we."