from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drug mentioned in the Odyssey as a remedy for grief.
- n. Something that induces forgetfulness of sorrow or eases pain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A drug used by the ancients to give relief from pain and sorrow; -- by some supposed to have been opium or hasheesh. Hence, anything soothing and comforting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as nepenthes. 1.
Egyptians they found something they called nepenthe, and the Theban women knew how to compound it.
The delirium it produces is known to be so very pleasing that Pope has supposed this to have been designed by Homer when he describes the delicious draught prepared by Helen, called nepenthe, which exhilarated the spirits and banished from the mind the recollection of woe.
Written references to what Homer called nepenthe, the "potent destroyer of grief," date to the ninth century BC.
Quaff, oh quaff this kind of nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore.
Unguents and astringents were in use in the physician's art, and there is reference to "nepenthe," a narcotic drug, and also to the use of sulphur as a disinfectant.
Then to restore a more cheerful atmosphere, Helen casts "nepenthe" into the wine, thanks to which beneficent drug all soon forget their woes.
Soothed by "nepenthe," all retire to rest, and when morning dawns
The band's growing reputation as an amazing live experience in conjunction with the breakout success of their debut album "nepenthe" has garnered a dedicated following and mainstream buzz that continues to grow.
The main character, Solace, is a vampire, but I wouldn't really classify it as a vampire novel, seeing as how she's not preoccupied with biting people so much as figuring out who the faceless man following her is, making friends with a group of Rare, drinking nepenthe and, just occasionally, surviving.
Then came nepenthe and scholium, aleatoric and consuetude.