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nepenthe (noun) – 1. A drug mentioned in the Odyssey as a remedy for grief.
2. Something that induces forgetfulness of sorrow or eases pain.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : In Greek and English nepenthe and pathos are opposites. Greek n?penth?s is an adjective meaning ?banishing pain, without sorrow.? N?penth?s breaks down to the (unusual) negative prefix n?- (ultimately from the same Proto-Indo-European source as English un-), the stem penth- of the noun p?nthos ?pain,? and the adjective suffix -?s, -?s.

The Greek nouns p?nthos and p?thos ?sensation, suffering? are derivatives of the complicated verb p?schein, all three words showing variants of the Greek root penth-, ponth-, path- ?to suffer, experience.? Nepenthe entered English in the 16th century.

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