- Antidote is defined as something that works against an unwanted condition to make it better.
An example of an antidote is going on vacation somewhere warm when the winter blues start to kick in.
- The definition of antidote is a remedy given to someone who has just been exposed to a poison in order to help him get better.
An example of an antidote is when the doctors give medicines to a person who has inhaled anthrax in order to combat the effects and save his life.
- a remedy to counteract a poison
- anything that works against an evil or unwanted condition
Origin of antidoteMiddle English and Old French antidote from Classical Latin antidotum from Classical Greek antidoton from anti-, against + dotos, given from didonai, to give: see date
- A remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
- An agent that relieves or counteracts: jogging as an antidote to nervous tension.
transitive verban·ti·dot·ed, an·ti·dot·ing, an·ti·dotes
Origin of antidoteMiddle English from Latin antidotum from Greek antidoton from antididonai antido- to give as a remedy against anti- anti- didonai to give ; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Antidote may be followed by to, for, or against: an antidote to boredom; an antidote for snakebite; an antidote against inflation.
(third-person singular simple present antidotes, present participle antidoting, simple past and past participle antidoted)
- To counteract as an antidote.
From Latin antidotum, from Ancient Greek ἀντίδοτον (antidoton), neuter of ἀντίδοτος (antidotos, “given as a remedy for”), from ἀντιδίδωμι (antididōmi, “I give in return, repay”), from ἀντί (anti, “against”) + δίδωμι (didōmi, “I give”). Compare French antidote.