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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: antidotum, from Greek, from antididonai 'to give as an antidote', from anti- ( ANTI-) + didonai 'to give'

antidote

noun
     
an‧ti‧dote [countable]
1MH a substance that stops the effects of a poison
antidote to
There is no known antidote to a bite from this snake.
2 something that makes an unpleasant situation better:
laughter, the antidote to stress

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