Pronounced: FAY-bee-uhn, adj

Notes: I was incorrectly thinking of Dickens, but I was incorrect

Yesterday’s word

The word nepenthe is

  • a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow
  • something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering
First usage

Our word came into English in the 1500s

Background / Comments

The term is an alteration of the Latin nepenthes, which comes from Greek (not) combined with penthos (grief; sorrow). Our word is popular with poets; the idea of a potion that allows one to forget pain or sorrow has a fascination.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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