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[fil-ter] /ˈfɪl tər/
noun, verb (used with object), philtred, philtring. Chiefly British
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  • Then he whispered again, 'I will give you a philtre that has never failed.

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford
  • The philtre was in her veins, whatever the directions of the rational mind.

  • A drench is a philtre, a love-potion, a love-compelling drink over which certain charms were repeated during its preparation.

  • Magic or no magic, philtre or no philtre, it was not long before Lady Essex had her wish.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • At each visit he drank deep draughts of the philtre, that was poisoning the fountains of his life.

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • What philtre do those baggages give you to rob you of your wits?

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • It issued in that always; in some plan or scheme for gaining possession of the philtre.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • In the same way, if you ask an Indian for a love-song, he will say that a philtre is really much more efficacious.

  • The Princess brought meat and drink to the snake, and in the drink she put a philtre of sleep.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • philtre, Philter, fil′tėr, n. a charm or spell to excite love.

British Dictionary definitions for philtre


a drink supposed to arouse love, desire, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin philtrum, from Greek philtron love potion, from philos loving
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Word Origin and History for philtre

also philter, "love potion," 1580s, from Middle French philtre (1560s), from Latin philtrum (plural philtra) "love potion," from Greek philtron "a love-charm," literally "to make oneself beloved," from philein "to love" (from philos "loving;" see philo-) + instrumental suffix -tron.

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