panacea

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From Latin panacēa, from Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panákeia), from πανακής (panakḗs, all-healing), from πᾶν (pân, all) (equivalent to English pan-) + ἄκος (ákos, cure).

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panacea (plural panaceas or panaceae or panaceæ)

  1. A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.
    Synonym: heal-all
  2. Something that will solve all problems.
    A monorail will be a panacea for our traffic woes.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 206:
      Podson was seated on the bed, going through such turf forecasts as he could find in the papers; his panacea for correcting the mistakes of fortune.
  3. (obsolete) The plant allheal (Valeriana officinalis), believed to cure all ills.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      There, whether it diuine Tobacco were, / Or Panachæa, or Polygony, / She found, and brought it to her patient deare []

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin panacēa, from Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panákeia), from πανακής (panakḗs, all-healing), from πᾶν (pân, all) + ἄκος (ákos, cure).

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panacea f (plural panacee)

  1. panacea, cure-all

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panákeia) from πανακής (panakḗs, all-healing), from πᾶν (pân, all) + ἄκος (ákos, cure).

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panacēa f (genitive panacēae); first declension

  1. A particular kind of plant, believed to cure all diseases.
  2. panacea, catholicon.

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First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative panacēa panacēae
Genitive panacēae panacēārum
Dative panacēae panacēīs
Accusative panacēam panacēās
Ablative panacēā panacēīs
Vocative panacēa panacēae

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  • Catalan: panacea
  • English: panacea
  • French: panacée

References[edit]

  • panacea in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • panacea in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • panacea in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • panacea in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin panacēa, Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panákeia), from πανακής (panakḗs, all-healing), from πᾶν (pân, all) + ἄκος (ákos, cure).

Noun[edit]

panacea f (plural panaceas)

  1. panacea

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