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philter

[fil-ter] /ˈfɪl tər/
noun
1.
a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
2.
a magic potion for any purpose.
verb (used with object), philtered, philtering.
3.
to enchant or bewitch with a philter.
Origin of philter
1580-1590
1580-90; < French philtre < Latin philtrum; see philtrum
Related forms
philterer, noun
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  • What did she want with the philter in her hand—to whom was it applicable?

    Mabel's Mistake Ann S. Stephens
  • Was I still under the influence of the philter poured into the wine?

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • He found her lying by the wayside; he gathered into the casket what remained of the philter, and awoke his beloved.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • But as we were saying just now, no philter will deliver you of Choiseul.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • I am now making a philter to arouse love; it is not very difficult to make, for all I need is tonics, alcohol and stimulants.

  • It is philter who is wilful and reluctant, not Venus who is unkind.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • The way she tripped across the floorWas better than a philter.

  • "And she has not forgotten," said philter, with a tragic air.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • There is a dish for you, a philter wherewith to woo the appetite!

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • "O, but there are varieties of the species," answered philter, unabashed by the snub.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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