Definition of elixir in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈlɪksə/ /ɪˈlɪksɪə/


  • 1A magical or medicinal potion.

    ‘an elixir guaranteed to induce love’
    • ‘And, obviously, at this very late stage in the boom, interest rates are certainly not a magical elixir that will cure the patient of disease after years of binging on bubble excess.’
    • ‘Shall I then shower you with wondrous remnants of scent from field and forest, and warm you ever so slowly, until you give up your magical elixir, as precious as life itself?’
    • ‘But no magical elixir was needed; I was completely under the spell of these people.’
    • ‘If you finally manage to wedge yourself through the narrow door of a shop, don't expect us to start cutting you crazy deals on health potions, magic elixirs, or anything else you might possibly require to save us all from the forces of evil.’
    • ‘Now one might think that Wizards spend the majority of their time learning how to cast spells or mixing up potions and elixirs, but the actual fact is, Wizards in the great Schools spend most of their time doing humdrum scribe work.’
    • ‘She walks into the dimly lit room, staring at the bottles of potions and elixirs.’
    • ‘The shelves creak with bottles of exotic oils, potions and elixirs, and the minibar is crammed with delicate liqueurs and Belgian chocolates.’
    • ‘To cure my impotence, Dr. Wickes experimented with a lot of elixirs and potions distilled from the manhood of prized Andalusian bulls.’
    • ‘She slept soundly, the sort of slumber that only such elixirs of Morpheus could induce in one so traumatized by the day's events.’
    • ‘In Asia, soupy elixirs were brewed to heal any collection of ailments.’
    • ‘In the second version, the poet is in a luxuriant garden, where he drinks an elixir which induces a vision.’
    • ‘Claire has had the same migraine for six months and as her defence approaches, her prescribed elixirs stop working, eventually landing her in hospital.’
    • ‘Here we like to believe that our products are magic elixirs, almost like a gift the doctor is dispensing to the patient for coming to see him.’
    • ‘Armed with a spoon and a bottle of cough syrup, she dosed him with the medicine and elicited a round of choking and cussing from her patient who offered colorful and profane descriptions of the elixir's flavor.’
    • ‘And so it should be, as it is the closest you can get to the original version of the elixir as created by those Carthusian monks in 1605, and it is almost 60 percent alcohol by volume.’
    • ‘All we have to do is drink a magic elixir of colloidal minerals and we'll be healthy.’
    • ‘Among the alchemists's asserted aims were the transmutation of base metals into gold, as well as the preparation of an elixir of longevity and a universal cure for illness.’
    • ‘Another method is the simple technique of healing with crystals by using elixirs or essences.’
    potion, concoction, brew, philtre, decoction
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    1. 1.1A preparation supposedly able to change metals into gold, sought by alchemists.
      • ‘As early as the third century, Chinese alchemists used formulations of mercury as elixirs and attempted to transmute other substances into gold to use the gold as an elixir to prolong life.’
      • ‘In the Middle Ages, the elixir was an extremely valuable stone sought by alchemists because they believed it had the power to transform common metals into precious ones.’
      • ‘Therefore it is said that the engendering of bodhicitta and the carrying of it through one's activities is like the magical elixir that turns to gold what ever metal it is painted on.’
      • ‘They spent the Middle Ages in candle-lit laboratories, laboring to brew universal elixirs and to turn base metals into gold or silver.’
      • ‘The catalyst required was the elixir of life, tincture, or philosophers' stone, the preparation of which long obsessed men of all ranks, despite its futility.’
    2. 1.2A preparation supposedly able to prolong life indefinitely.
      ‘at one point during the festivities, the river is said to turn into the elixir of life’
      • ‘It sounds like the elixir of life: a wonder drug that promotes youth, slimness and sexual allure at the same time as protecting against heart disease and cancer.’
      • ‘Interest rates are the elixir of life for the economy, and last week the Bank of England's monetary policy committee opted to keep them at 4% for the seventh month running.’
      • ‘Alchemists spent centuries in search of the real things of power - a stone that turned base metals into gold, the secrets of flight and transmutation and, above all, the elixir of life.’
      • ‘Shi Jano's makers say the product is aimed at men as well as women, and while it may not be the elixir of life, it promises to make people look younger.’
      • ‘It was always a myth, like the holy grail, or the elixir of life, that I was searching for.’
      • ‘The transmutation was variously an end in itself, a means by which to make an elixir of life, and a route to the creation of a panacea, or universal medicine.’
      • ‘The substance man has been searching for since old age was discovered; the elixir of life.’
      • ‘Under such conditions man is a degraded animal, and the noble savage as great a myth as the elixir of life.’
      • ‘To think, they had stumbled on Solstice completely by chance last night, and that chance had gifted her the data with which she could fill in some gaping blanks and maybe - just maybe - develop the elixir of life as well.’
      • ‘It happens once an immortal has achieved everything that they have to do in this world, and I'm only guessing, but I think that the last thing that Chang'e had to do was to pass the last elixir of life on to you.’
      • ‘They had lost their pursuers for the moment, yet Luke had no doubt in his mind that as long as Jaid had the elixir of life in her possession that the deadly game of hide and seek would continue.’
      • ‘As the story goes, Chang'e was a Chinese goddess who lived in the realm of the moon, and acted as a guardian for the Jade Rabbit who manufactured the elixir of life.’
      • ‘It is said to contains the blood of Christ (the basic image we have of a heart is that of a vase which holds Christ's blood), the elixir of life.’
      • ‘So far it was thought to belong to a mad scientist, who had a hook for a hand, and had killed twenty females while trying to create the elixir of life.’
      • ‘Then, last but not the least, he demands joy - the secret of existence and the elixir of life.’
      • ‘Enough of the man, for he is dead now, poor devil, dead at the very time that he had made sure that he had at last discovered the elixir of life.’
      • ‘There is no fountain of youth; instead there are thousands of elixirs to keep us there.’
      • ‘In this other time beyond all the other times, one finds oneself in the holy mountains; there one can gather healing herbs, magic mushrooms, and elixirs that bring immortality.’
  • 2A particular type of medicinal solution.

    ‘a cough elixir’
    • ‘Acetaminophen with codeine elixir is administered for pain control after the initial 48 hours for mild discomfort and is prescribed for home use after discharge.’
    • ‘Examples of these name changes include: acetaminophen elixir is now acetaminophen oral solution; and lactulose syrup is now lactulose solution.’
    • ‘For more extensive oral ulceration, dexamethasone elixir, 0.5 mg per 5 ml, may be used as a rinse and expectorated.’
    • ‘Will these climax elixirs make women happier?’
    • ‘The health drinks are of three different kinds: there are those that detoxify your system, and those that help in curing hangovers, besides anti-cold elixirs.’
    mixture, solution, potion, tincture
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Late Middle English via medieval Latin from Arabic al-'iksīr, from al ‘the’ + 'iksīr from Greek xērion ‘powder for drying wounds’ (from xēros ‘dry’).



/ɪˈlɪksə/ /ɪˈlɪksɪə/