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Definition of "elixir" []

  • A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine. (noun)
  • See philosophers' stone. (noun)
  • A substance believed to maintain life indefinitely. Also called elixir of life. (noun)
  • A substance or medicine believed to have the power to cure all ills. (noun)
  • An underlying principle. (noun)
  • An alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea (noun)
  • An underlying principle; quintessence (noun)
  • A liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste (noun)

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Use "elixir" in a sentence
  • "In the eternal quest for a fountain of youth, no elixir is beyond the realm of consideration."
  • "Petrea, and some little also by her calling her elixir poison, threw upon her a look of great displeasure, and devoted herself to the weeping and bleeding Petrea."
  • "The recent sessions with the "elixir" -a mixture of blood, ground pearl, mercury, sulfur, and several herbs Alinor couldn't identify-had generated vast amounts of psychic energy, powers which Al-Hazim could not see, and which Alinor had thought at first that he was probably not aware of."