philter
noun Etymology: Middle French philtre, from Latin philtrum, from Greek philtron; akin to Greek philos dear Date: circa 1587 1. a potion credited with magical power 2. a potion, drug, or charm held to have the power to arouse sexual passion

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  • Philter — Phil ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Philtered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Philtering}.] 1. To impregnate or mix with a love potion; as, to philter a draught. [1913 Webster] 2. To charm to love; to excite to love or sexual desire by a potion. Gov. of Tongue.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • philter — [fil′tər] n. philtred, philtring [fil′tər] n. [MFr philtre < L philtrum < Gr philtron < philein, to love] 1. a potion thought to arouse sexual love, esp. toward a certain person 2. any magic potion vt. to charm or arouse with a philter:… …   English World dictionary

  • Philter — Phil ter, n. [F. philtre, L. philtrum, Gr. ?, fr. ? to love, ? dear, loving.] A potion or charm intended to excite the passion of love. [Written also {philtre}.] Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • philter — noun a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it • Syn: ↑philtre, ↑love potion, ↑love philter, ↑love philtre • Hypernyms: ↑potion * * * philter obs. form of f …   Useful english dictionary

  • philter — philterer, n. /fil teuhr/, n., v., philtered, philtering. n. 1. a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person. 2. a magic potion for any purpose. v.t. 3. to enchant or bewitch… …   Universalium

  • philter — phil•ter [[t]ˈfɪl tər[/t]] n. 1) a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause a person to fall in love 2) a magic potion for any purpose 3) to enchant or bewitch with a philter Also, esp. brit. phil′tre. Etymology: 1580–90; < F philtre < L… …   From formal English to slang

  • philter — noun A kind of potion, charm, or drug, sometimes specifically for making the drinker fall in love with the giver …   Wiktionary

  • philter — phil·ter or chiefly Brit phil·tre fil tər n a potion, drug, or charm held to have the power to arouse sexual passion …   Medical dictionary

  • philter — phil|ter [ fıltər ] noun count LITERARY a special drink that is intended to have a magic effect …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • philter — phil·ter || fɪltÉ™(r) n. love potion …   English contemporary dictionary

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