One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases; a panacea.
universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bulletView synonyms
- ‘Diacatholicon was the best-selling drug at the Giglio, and especially common in liquid purges.’
- ‘Oederna was to be treated by taking a remedy such as Diacatholicon to divert the fluxion of humour.’
- ‘He purged a widow, once, with certain quantities of Diacatholicon.’
- ‘No drug is current in their shops but diacatholicon.’
- ‘There are other men who stand still higher on the "rolls of fame," whose Diacatholicons never vary, whatever be the name or nature of the disease!’
Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek dia katholikōn ‘made of general ingredients’.
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