elixir

Miraculous, magical, and maybe a little mysterious, an elixir is a sweet substance or solution that cures the problem at hand.

Elixir is a word often used with a knowing wink — a sort of overstatement of a product's effectiveness, or a decision maker's policy. With linguistic roots in the long-ago alchemists' search for the philosophers' stone, the word has an element of fantasy to spice up anything, like a remedy for the common cold. The mythic fountain of youth is certainly an elixir, but it can also refer to a real liquid, concept, or plan.

Primary Meanings of elixir

1.
n
a substance believed to cure all ills
2.
n
hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
Full Definitions of elixir
1

n a substance believed to cure all ills

Types:
elixir of life
a hypothetical substance believed to maintain life indefinitely; once sought by alchemists
Type of:
catholicon, cure-all, nostrum, panacea
hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
potion
a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage

n a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste

Type of:
liquid
fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
2

n hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold

Synonyms:
philosopher's stone, philosophers' stone
Type of:
substance
a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

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