Origin of paregoricLate Latin paregoricus ; from Classical Greek parēgorikos ; from parēgoros, speaking, consoling, soothing ; from para-, on the side of (see para-) + agora, assembly, agora
- Archaic a medicine that soothes or lessens pain
- a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used to relieve diarrhea
Origin of paregoricLate Latin parēgoricus, soothing, from Greek parēgorikos, from parēgorein, to talk over, soothe, from parēgoros, consoling : para-, beside; see para–1 + agorā, agora; see agora1.
- a painkiller; a medicine which soothes or relieves pain
- 1922: Chloroform. Overdose of laudanum. Sleeping draughts. Lovephiltres. Paragoric poppysyrup bad for cough. Clogs the pores or the phlegm. — James Joyce, Ulysses
- 2004: My local doctor promises to accompany me ashore, spare no expense to obtain powerful paregorics & remain at my bedside until my recovery is compleat, even if Prophetess must leave for California without us. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
(comparative more paregoric, superlative most paregoric)
- Assuaging or soothing pain.
- paregoric elixir
Late Latin paregoricus, from Greek παρηγοριχος ‘encouraging, soothing’, from παρηγορειν ‘console, soothe’.