nepenthean
adjective see nepenthe

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • nepenthean — See nepenthe. * * * …   Universalium

  • nepenthean — ne·pen·the·an …   English syllables

  • nepenthean — adjective see nepenthe * * * nepenˈthean adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑nepenthe …   Useful english dictionary

  • nepenthe — nepenthean, adj. /ni pen thee/, n. 1. a drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble. 2. anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of… …   Universalium

  • nepenthe — noun Etymology: Latin nepenthes, from Greek nēpenthes, neuter of nēpenthēs banishing pain and sorrow, from nē not + penthos grief, sorrow; akin to Greek pathos suffering more at no, pathos Date: 1577 1. a potion used by the ancients to induce… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oblivion — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Forgetfulness Nouns oblivion, obliviousness, forgetfulness, obliteration (of the past); insensibility; failure, loss, or lapse of memory, amnesia, memory hole; waters of Lethe or oblivion, nepenthe;… …   English dictionary for students

  • nepenthe — /nəˈpɛnθi/ (say nuh penthee) noun 1. a drug or draught (or the plant yielding it) mentioned by ancient writers as capable of bringing forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble: *There is nothing but what will do you good; / and the drugs are simples;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • nepenthe — [ni pen′thēz΄nē pen′thē, nipen′thē] n. [L nepenthes < Gr nepenthēs, removing sorrow < ne , not (see NO1) + penthos, sorrow, grief < IE base * kwenth , to suffer, bear > OIr cessaim, (I) suffer] 1. a drug supposed by the ancient Greeks …   English World dictionary

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