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Monday, October 11, 2010

Definitions for nepenthe

  1. A drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
  2. Anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of sorrow or trouble.

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Citations for nepenthe
Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;/ Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"/Quoth the Raven "Nevermore." Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
For a man in whom love had always inspired delay, that nepenthe could not inspire decision. Umberto Eco, William Weaver, The Island of the Day Before
Origin of nepenthe
Nepenthe is comprised of the Greek roots ne-, "not," and penthos, "grief."