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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Definitions for bromide

  1. A compound of bromine and another element or a positive organic radical.
  2. A dose of potassium bromide taken as a sedative.
  3. A dull person with conventional thoughts.

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Citations for bromide
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. The words are in fact already a bromide when the pompous Malvolio finds and reads them. Marjorie Garber, Symptoms of Culture
He cannot resist the occasional bromide: "Ninety percent of diplomacy is a question of who blinks first." Gary J. Bass, New York Times
Origin of bromide
1830-1840
Bromide was formed from the first element of English bromine and the suffix -ide; the pair of bromine/bromide parallel chlorine/chloride. Bromine itself comes from French brome, from Greek bromos, "bad smell." The adjective form is bromidic.