What does antidote mean?

Definitions for antidoteˈæn tɪˌdoʊt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antidote, counterpoison(noun)

    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison


  1. antidote(Noun)

    A remedy to counteract the effects of poison (often followed by "against," "for," or "to").

    She reached the hospital in time to receive the antidote for the snake venom.

  2. antidote(Noun)

    Something that counteracts or prevents something harmful.

    We need an antidote for this misinformation.

  3. antidote(Verb)

    To counteract as an antidote.

  4. Origin: From antidotum, from ἀντίδοτον, neuter of ἀντίδοτος, from ἀντιδίδωμι, from ἀντί + δίδωμι. Compare French antidote.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antidote(noun)

    a remedy to counteract the effects of poison, or of anything noxious taken into the stomach; -- used with against, for, or to; as, an antidote against, for, or to, poison

  2. Antidote(noun)

    whatever tends to prevent mischievous effects, or to counteract evil which something else might produce

  3. Antidote(verb)

    to counteract or prevent the effects of, by giving or taking an antidote

  4. Antidote(verb)

    to fortify or preserve by an antidote

  5. Origin: [L. antidotum, Gr. 'anti`doton (sc. fa`rmakon), fr. 'anti`dotos given against; 'anti` against + dido`nai to give: cf. F. antidote. See Dose, n.]


  1. Antidote

    An antidote is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning. The term ultimately derives from the Greek αντιδιδοναι antididonai, "given against". The antidotes for some particular toxins are manufactured by injecting the toxin into an animal in small doses and extracting the resulting antibodies from the host animals' blood. This results in an antivenom that can be used to counteract poison produced by certain species of snakes, spiders, and other venomous animals. A number of venoms lack a viable antivenom, and a bite or sting from an animal producing such a toxin often results in death. Some animal venoms, especially those produced by arthropods are only potentially lethal when they provoke allergic reactions and induce anaphylactic shock; as such, there is no "antidote" for these venoms because it is not a form of poisoning and anaphylactic shock can be treated. Some other toxins have no known antidote. For example, the poison aconitine, a highly poisonous alkaloid derived from various aconite species has no antidote, and as a result is often fatal if it enters the human body in sufficient quantities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antidote

    an′ti-dōt, n. that which is given against anything that would produce bad effects: a counter-poison: (fig.) anything that prevents evil (with against, for, to).—adj. An′tidotal. [Gr. antidotosanti, against, didōmi, to give.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antidote in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antidote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joan Baez:

    Action is the antidote to despair.

  2. Phaedrus:

    Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.

  3. Nancy Slagowitz:

    It’s the perfect antidote [to harsher workouts].

  4. Benjamin Franklin, ?:

    To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.

  5. Annie Dickerson:

    He’s the antidote to all the frustration that’s in Cleveland this week.

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