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Monday, October 11, 2010

Definitions for nepenthe

  1. A drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
  2. Anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of sorrow or trouble.

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Citations for nepenthe
Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;/ Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"/Quoth the Raven "Nevermore." Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
For a man in whom love had always inspired delay, that nepenthe could not inspire decision. Umberto Eco, William Weaver, The Island of the Day Before
Origin of nepenthe
1590-1600
Nepenthe is comprised of the Greek roots ne-, "not," and penthos, "grief."