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  • n. Plural form of philter.


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  • The human spiritus can be affected by material things like incenses, collyries, unguents, philters, and other substances used to cause magical effects.

    Loss of Faith

  • The Greeks and Romans, who had so many philters wherewith to make themselves beloved, had others to cure love; they employed herbs and roots.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • When all other engines fail, that they can proceed no farther of themselves, their last refuge is to fly to bawds, panders, magical philters, and receipts; rather than fail, to the devil himself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The last battering engines are philters, amulets, spells, charms, images, and such unlawful means: if they cannot prevail of themselves by the help of bawds, panders, and their adherents, they will fly for succour to the devil himself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Laurence, [2994] prostibulum faeminae Messalina the empress, that by philters, and such kind of lascivious meats, use all means to [2995] enable themselves: and brag of it in the end, confodi multas enim, occidi vero paucas per ventrem vidisti, as that

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Lamiis, for witches to take upon them the making of these philters, [5224] to force men and women to love and hate whom they will, to cause tempests, diseases, &c., by charms, spells, characters, knots. — [5225] hic Thessala vendit Philtra.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Tandlerus and some authors make a doubt, whether love and hatred may be compelled by philters or characters; Cardan and Marbodius, by precious stones and amulets; astrologers by election of times, &c. as [4543] I shall elsewhere discuss.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • As for herbs and philters, I could never skill of them, The sole philter that ever I used was kissing and embracing, by which alone I made men rave like beasts stupefied, and compelled them to worship me like an idol.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Some are so caused by philters, wandering in the sun, biting of a mad dog, a blow on the head, stinging with that kind of spider called tarantula, an ordinary thing if we may believe Skeuck. l.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cleopatra's sweet speeches, philters, beauty, pleasing tires: for when she sailed along the river Cydnus, with such incredible pomp in a gilded ship, herself dressed like Venus, her maids like the

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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