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Friday, November 24, 2000

panacea

\pan-uh-SEE-uh\ , noun;
1.
a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
2.
an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties: His economic philosophy is a good one, but he tries to use it as a panacea.
Quotes:
But for the sake of this wonderful panacea—English humour— the English sacrifice so much.
-- Wyndham Lewis, Tarr, 1918
Even so; some gloomy souls affirming that it is proving with that great invention as with brandy or eau-de-vie, which, upon its first discovery, was believed by the doctors to be, as its French name implies, a panacea—a notion which experience, it may be thought, has not fully verified.
-- Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, 1857
Origin:
Panacea derives from Greek panakeia, from panakes, "all-healing," from pan-, "all" + akos, "cure."
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