Football “is what Plato calls a pharmakon, a poison and an elixir,” he writes.
Some conservative commentators held their fire, but not everyone on the right was buying the elixir.
Not only was she invulnerable to bullets and clubs; she had apparently drunk the elixir of eternal life.
mid-13c., from Medieval Latin elixir "philosopher's stone," believed by alchemists to transmute baser metals into gold and/or to cure diseases and prolong life, from Arabic al-iksir, probably from late Greek xerion "powder for drying wounds," from xeros "dry" (see xerasia). General sense of "strong tonic" is 1590s; used for quack medicines from at least 1630s.
elixir e·lix·ir (ĭ-lĭk'sər)
A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.