Definition of mithridate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪθrɪdeɪt/

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A medicine believed to be a universal antidote to or preservative against poison and disease: to procure sweat, use cardamom water with mithridate
More example sentences
  • The horn was mixed with expensive mithridate, a compound used as an antidote to poison.
  • Let the best of our rational physicians give a sufficient reason for those intricate mixtures, why just so many simples in mithridate or treacle; may they not be reduced to half or a quarter?
  • Then boil them a little and put thereto half an ounce of andromachus-treakle, and three drams of mithridate, and a quarter of a pint of the best angelica water.


Early 16th century: from medieval Latin mithridatum, alteration of late Latin mithridatium, from Mithridatius 'relating to Mithridates' (see mithridatize).

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