Definition of antidote in US English:


nounPlural antidotes

  • 1A medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison.

    • ‘Rei spoke of her clan and family in the mountains, how her father and mother taught her sister and her to make poison, antidotes, and other medicines from herbs and plants that they could find around their village.’
    • ‘Bezoar stones were found in the intestines of some ruminant animals, especially oriental goats, and like unicorn horn were thought to be an antidote to poison.’
    • ‘Before Lain had left the mansion completely she was able to find the antidote to her poison.’
    • ‘It's the antidote to the poison I put in your truffle soup.’
    • ‘The fruit seems always to have had a curious connection with religion and magic, and a high reputation as medicine, being regarded as an antidote to almost any poison and indeed almost a panacea.’
    • ‘Nitrite is also available for human use as an antidote for cyanide poisoning and is used in meat curing.’
    • ‘Furthermore, antidotes to poisons and intensive care may not be available.’
    • ‘There is no specific antidote to the mushroom poison.’
    • ‘Flumazenil is not an antidote for narcotic overdose or for respiratory depression.’
    • ‘It was originally developed as an antidote to mustard gas in chemical warfare.’
    • ‘Tea made from the bark has been used as an antiseptic, an antidote to snakebites, a laxative, and a sedative.’
    • ‘The film, and the feeling it communicates, is like an antidote to the poison of ideas based on race, or perhaps like a spirited daydream of the way it could be for all us if we were true to ourselves.’
    • ‘These antidotes may have toxic side effects themselves so they need to be used appropriately.’
    • ‘There is currently no antidote to ricin poisoning, but people exposed to moderate doses have recovered.’
    • ‘They thought it brought good luck, fertility, and protection from witchcraft, and was an antidote to poison.’
    • ‘Don't use charcoal tablets that you can buy from pharmacies to treat poisoning yourself - these are for indigestion and flatulence only and the dose is too small to work as an antidote to poisoning.’
    • ‘He ran a relentless crusade against the poison antidote formulated by Mithridates, the King of Pontus, Asia Minor, in the first century BC.’
    • ‘We do not know of an antidote to counteract this side effect.’
    • ‘He is accused of attempting to sabotage the eradication plan by giving rats an antidote to the poison used in the eradication.’
    • ‘Even toxicity tests were performed by King Mithridates of Persia on both humans and animals to learn more about poisons and their antidotes.’
    antitoxin, antiserum
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    1. 1.1 Something that counteracts or neutralizes an unpleasant feeling or situation.
      ‘laughter is a good antidote to stress’
      • ‘As an antidote to this situation, I believe it is necessary to view the Zen world, its hierarchy, and authority figures through a theoretical framework separate from Zen.’
      • ‘Chamomile was used throughout history as a stress antidote to unravel nerves and irritability.’
      • ‘The only antidotes to this situation, then, are both quite difficult to master.’
      • ‘This book is an antidote to fatalism and provides up to date clinical, microbiological, and public health guidance on responding to possible bioterrorist attacks.’
      • ‘It will be a marvellous antidote to the stresses of the past week.’
      • ‘The calming sound of sea waves lapping the boardwalk, they swear, is the ultimate antidote to urban stress.’
      • ‘The antidote to such a situation is to seek to discover what the total Scriptural teaching on any particular subject is, and also to view it in relation to the other doctrines of Scripture.’
      • ‘Whether used as a weekend antidote to the stresses and strains of city living or purely as an investment, owning a second home may not be as financially straightforward as it might appear.’
      • ‘Political correctness may have been originally intended as a mild antidote to prejudice, a mouth-wash to rinse away some of the more dismissive expressions with which we impugn one another.’
      • ‘Thinking about Patients is written in an engaging and conversational style and is an antidote to the increasingly leaden approach of the evidence based medicine enthusiasts.’
      • ‘Board games are also seen as helpful to children's development, able to increase confidence and social skills and a great antidote to the stress of modern life.’
      • ‘These experiences reinforced my conviction that humanitarian medicine was a powerful antidote to the violations I had read about in Medicine Betrayed.’
      • ‘Jake also reckons unicycling is the perfect antidote to exam stress.’
      • ‘It was a brave decision, but it has more than paid off and is proof that teleworking from home can provide an excellent antidote to executive stress.’
      • ‘The antidote to the malaise of modern law, it seems, is a leap of faith.’
      • ‘This introduces hope - the antidote to stress - into the situation.’
      • ‘The antidote to genetics as a driver of medicalisation lies in remaining sceptical and level headed.’
      • ‘Dark and disturbing, yet rich in humour, this is the ultimate antidote to mainstream medical drama.’
      • ‘There is such a wealth of ideas, creativity, diverse personalities, and genuine disagreement in this book that it is an antidote to going stale.’
      • ‘It is neither polite nor politically correct: but it's a sure antidote to multicultural delusions.’
      remedy, cure, corrective, nostrum, countermeasure, counteragent
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    2. 1.2 (in homeopathy) a substance that cancels or opposes the effect of a remedy.
      • ‘Coffee is another common homeopathic antidote.’
      • ‘Some substances like camphor are considered a general antidote to many homeopathic medicines and should therefore be avoided or taken into account.’
      • ‘Each remedy has an antidote, another remedy that cancels it’s effect.’

verbantidotes, antidoted, antidoting

[with object]
  • Counteract or cancel with an antidote.

    ‘What remedy will antidote henbane?’
    • ‘Chinese people believe that the hot pot produces ‘hot’ food which might arouse the inner poisons of the eaters, and this Sichuan tea is ‘cool’ and refreshing, capable of antidoting the poisons.’
    • ‘This very generous and considerate article has antidoted all things that have gone before.’
    • ‘Homeopathic remedies are complimentary to vitamins and supplements, but may be antidoted by strong conventional medicines.’
    • ‘Possibly remedy was antidoted on day two by strong smelling woodfiller, but he did take 2 more doses after this.’
    • ‘And I took three doses of it over a one year period, and that's because I antidoted the first two.’
    • ‘The boy was seen one month after the shot, and Dr. Moskowitz antidoted the vaccination with a homeopathic remedy.’
    • ‘When certain substances and influences interfere with the action of a homeopathic medicine, it is called antidoting.’
    • ‘For example, people are generally worried about coffee, mints, or peppermint toothpaste antidoting the effect of the remedy.’
    • ‘You may need a different remedy, a different potency or may have antidoted the remedy.’
    • ‘If you're trying to find ways of antidoting well known problems via software architecture, that's quite interesting.’
    • ‘It is antidoted by coffee and lemon-juice.’
    • ‘It is simply impossible to cure the catarrhal affections of tobacco-users without antidoting the drug or securing its discontinuance.’
    • ‘The situation is that his remedy has been antidoted by the coffee and/or the clay ointment.’
    • ‘Remedies are essentially vibrational medicine and can therefore easily be antidoted by other vibrational factors.’


Late Middle English: via Latin, from Greek antidoton, neuter of antidotos ‘given against’, from anti- ‘against’ + didonai ‘give’.