Mar 9, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: ALEXIPHARMIC

Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

alexipharmic (uh-lex-ih-FARM-ik) adj., n. Having the quality of expelling or counteracting poison; antidotal.

The word is derived from the Greek words alexein, meaning "to ward off," and pharmakon, meaning "poison." Sometimes the noun form of alexipharmic is spelled alexipharmac.

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