Definition of nepenthes in English:



  • 1literary A drug described in Homer's Odyssey as banishing grief or trouble from a person's mind.

    • ‘Its contents, the nepenthes as administered by Helen to her guests to instill joy, have been consumed.’
    • ‘Alcohol and morphine - nepenthe means numbing the soul, numbing your soul.’
    • ‘They have all drunk the supply-side nepenthe - and simply don't care to hear any debate on this subject.’
    drug, narcotic, mind-altering drug, sedative, tranquillizer, depressant, sleeping pill, soporific, anaesthetic, painkiller, analgesic, anodyne
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    1. 1.1Any drug or potion bringing welcome forgetfulness.
      • ‘Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!’
      • ‘More, Freddy frames Lori's father for the murder of Lori's mother (by stabbing, of course), while Lori's father compounds the tension by offering nepenthe, Suspicion-style: ‘At least drink your juice!’’
  • 2A plant of a genus that comprises the Old World pitcher plants.