from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a compounded draught intended to excite love, or venereal desire.
- n. a fabled drink credited with magical power; it can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A potion or draught designed to excite love; a philter.
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- n. a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it
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The next performance, following on the heels of the first, was a love-potion farce, a form of farce with many variations.
Some of us who like Barack Obama get accused of having drunk the Kool-Aid – or perhaps love-potion would be more accurate – and thus being too smitten by his rhetorical enticements to see him clearly for what he is.
But Brangaena, her faithful attendant secretly changes the poisoned draught for a love-potion, so that they are inevitably joined in passionate love.
In the second act Isolda has been wedded to Marke, but the love-potion has worked well, and she has secret interviews at night with Tristan, whose sense of honor is deadened by the fatal draught.
"I grant it," answer'd Psyche, "but I have a Dose at hand will infallibly do it" and therefore brought me a lusty bowl of satyricon, (a love-potion) and so merrily ran over the wonderful effects of it, that I had well-nigh suck'd it all off; but because
While Lucretius was engaged in this work, he fell into a state of insanity, occasioned, as is supposed, by a philtre, or love-potion, given him by his wife Lucilia.
Gorgias is still worse used: he is a mere _nominis umbra_, of whose bodily presence nothing is made visible; nor is so much as his name mentioned, except for the purpose of informing us that it was through his agency that the love-potion was administered to Leucippe, and that he has since been killed in the action against the buccaniers.
It would be just as reasonable to explain away the ghost in _Hamlet_ as the love-potion of Isolde; if we accept one we can accept the other, for in both the prime mover of the tragedy is supernatural.
By and by they are thirsty, and a careless attendant finding the love-potion handy, gives it to them to drink.
The decisive part played by the magic love-potion has given rise to much comment.