American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A camphorated tincture of opium, taken internally for the relief of diarrhea and intestinal pain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In medicine, mitigating; assuaging pain.
- n. A medicine that mitigates pain; an anodyne.
- n. Specifically A camphorated tincture of opium, flavored with aromatics.
- n. a painkiller; a medicine which soothes or relieves pain
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Mitigating; assuaging or soothing pain.
- n. (Med.) A medicine that mitigates pain; an anodyne; specifically, camphorated tincture of opium; -- called also
- n. medicine used to treat diarrhea
- Late Latin paregoricus, from Greek παρηγοριχος ‘encouraging, soothing’, from παρηγορειν ‘console, soothe’. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin parēgoricus, soothing, from Greek parēgorikos, from parēgorein, to talk over, soothe, from parēgoros, consoling : para-, beside; see para-1 + agorā, agora; see agora1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Oh for the good old days when it was acceptable to go to the druggist, whisper "paregoric" to him/her, and a few drops brought blessed silence!”
“I once had an awful cold, and the old gentleman I worked for suggested equal parts honey, lemon, whiskey, and paregoric.”
“I didn't know one could even get paregoric any more.”
“Oh for the good old days when it was acceptable to go to the druggist, whisper “paregoric” to him/her, and a few drops brought blessed silence!”
“You can still buy the stuff today, albeit paregoric or whatever the magical ingredient was -free.”
“In the supposedly drug-free past, children were put to bed with paregoric, old folks beatified themselves with Hadacol, and teetotal housewives contentedly glugged 80-proof women's trouble remedies.”
“Nonetheless, standard narcotic remedies like paregoric remained readily available into the early 20th century, and Benzedrine inhalers were marketed without prescription until the early 1950s.”
“I hate a little too much fish last night, so I had my paregoric here today, but I ` ve saved drinking it until you actually drink it.”
“After a while my husband realized he always took her to a different drugstore and that she always bought paregoric.”
“She was addicted to paregoric and he was an alcoholic.”
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