paregoric

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Etymology[edit]

Late Latin paregoricus, from Greek παρηγοριχος ‘encouraging, soothing’, from παρηγορειν ‘console, soothe’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pærɪˈɡɒrɪk/

Noun[edit]

paregoric (plural paregorics)

  1. a painkiller; a medicine which soothes or relieves pain
    • 2004: My local doctor promises to accompany me ashore, spare no expense to obtain powerful paregorics & remain at my bedside until my recovery is compleat, even if Prophetess must leave for California without us. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Adjective[edit]

paregoric (comparative more paregoric, superlative most paregoric)

  1. Assuaging or soothing pain.
    paregoric elixir