Word of the Day Archive
Sunday August 17, 2008
1. A magic potion for any purpose.
2. A potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
Tell me now, fairy as you are - can't you give me a charm, or a philter, or something of that sort, to make me a handsome man ? "
-- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Mariamne had told him it was a love philter and promised a large reward if he would get me to drink it without my knowledge.
-- Michel Tournier, Ralph Manheim, The Four Wise Men
Philter originates from the Greek philtron, "love potion," which itself derives from the Greek philos "love of."