One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drink supposed to arouse love and desire for a particular person in the drinker; a love potion.‘his philtres and potions’
concoction, mixture, brew, elixir, drink, decoctionView synonyms
- ‘All my life I've been searching for that special scent, that mythical philtre, that would enable me to snare the woman of my dreams.’
- ‘There's something purely foolish about attending any large gathering of men and women without benefit of some kind of philter or magic dust to blind you and weaken your critical faculties.’
- ‘Even seminal fluid has been treated as a love philtre or prophylactic in witchcraft, and administered by Aborigines to dying or enfeebled members of their community.’
Late 16th century: from French philtre, via Latin from Greek philtron, from philein ‘to love’.
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