Meaning of panacea


If someone offers you a pill that promises eternal life, don’t take the pill. It’s a panacea, a remedy that falsely claims to solve every problem ever.

The Greek word pan means “all” (think of a panorama, a view where you can see everywhere). The Greek word for “cure” is akēs (which looks like the word “aches”). Those are the roots of panacea, a cure for all aches. But a panacea doesn’t really cure everything; it just acts like it can. Use the word to describe an unbelievable solution, like a new law that will make everyone rich, or a robot that does your homework for you.

Definitions of panacea
  1. noun

    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists


    catholicon, cure-all, nostrum

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    a substance believed to cure all ills
    elixir of life

    a hypothetical substance believed to maintain life indefinitely; once sought by alchemists
    type of:

    curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

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