Share this entry

Share this page

nepenthes

Syllabification: ne·pen·thes
Pronunciation: /nəˈpenTHēz
 
/

Definition of nepenthes in English:

noun

1 (also nepenthe) /-THē/ literary A drug described in Homer’s Odyssey as banishing grief or trouble from a person’s mind.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Its contents, the nepenthes as administered by Helen to her guests to instill joy, have been consumed.
1.1Any drug or potion bringing welcome forgetfulness.
[via Latin from Greek nēpenthēs 'dispelling pain', from nē- 'not' + penthos 'grief']
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Genus Nepenthes and family Nepenthaceae

Definition of nepenthes in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure