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Definitions for potion
ˈpoʊ ʃənpo·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. potionnoun

    a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage


  1. potionnoun

    A small portion or dose of a liquid which is medicinal, poisonous, or magical.

    He hoped to win the princess's heart by mixing the love potion the witch gave him into her drink.

  2. Etymology: From pocion, from potio, from potare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Potionnoun

    A draught; commonly a physical draught.

    Etymology: potion, Fr. potio, Lat.

    For tastes in the taking of a potion or pills, the head and neck shake. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The earl was by nature of so indifferent a taste, that he would stop in the midst of any physical potion, and after he had licked his lips, would drink off the rest. Henry Wotton.

    Most do taste through fond intemperate thirst,
    Soon as the potion works, their human countenance,
    Th’ express resemblance of the gods, is chang’d
    Into some brutish form of wolf or bear. John Milton.


  1. Potion

    A potion (from Latin potio 'drink') is a liquid "that contains medicine, poison, or something that is supposed to have magic powers.” It derives from the Latin word potus which referred to a drink or drinking. The term philtre is also used, often specifically for a love potion, a potion that is supposed to create feelings of love or attraction in the one who drinks it. Throughout history there have been several types of potions for a range of purposes. Reasons for taking potions ranged from curing an illness, to securing immortality to trying to induce love. These potions, while often ineffective or poisonous, occasionally had some degree of medicinal success depending on what they sought to fix and the type and amount of ingredients used. Some popular ingredients used in potions across history include Spanish fly, nightshade plants, cannabis and opium.During the 17th to 19th century, it was common in Europe to see peddlers offering potions for ailments ranging from heartbreak to the plague. These were eventually dismissed as quackery. Prostitutes, courtesans, enchanters and midwives were also known to distribute potions.


  1. potion

    A potion is a liquid with healing, magical, or poisonous properties, often used in various folklore, mythology, and fictional works. It's typically prepared by mixing various ingredients according to specific recipes or rituals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potionnoun

    a draught; a dose; usually, a draught or dose of a liquid medicine

  2. Potionverb

    to drug

  3. Etymology: [L. potio, from potare to drink: cf. F. potion. See Poison.]


  1. Potion

    A potion is a consumable medicine or poison. In mythology and literature, a potion is usually made by a magician, sorcerer, dragon, fairy or witch and has magical properties. It might be used to heal, bewitch or poison people. For example, love potions make a person fall in love with another; sleeping potions cause a person to fall asleep; and elixirs heal/cure any wound/malady. Goscinny and Uderzo's character Asterix the Gaul gained superhuman strength from a magic potion brewed by the druid Getafix. Creation of potions of different kinds was a common practice of alchemy, and was commonly associated with witchcraft, as in The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. During the 19th Century, it was common in certain countries to see wandering charlatans offering curative potions. These eventually gained reputations as quack medicines. In later years, these transformed into patent medicines.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Potion

    pō′shun, n. a draught: a liquid medicine: a dose. [Fr.,—L. potiopōtāre, to drink.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of potion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of potion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of potion in a Sentence

  1. David Attenborough:

    We are gullible, and we like myths; we like stories, and there is one. And if your sex life is important, and you believe that there is this potion, you think, 'Well, why not give it a go?'.

  2. Khalil Gibran:

    Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

  3. Jonathan Knight:

    There's a crafting game where you're collecting potion ingredients and creating potions and using them to be a better wizard.

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