From Latin antidotum, from Ancient Greek ἀντίδοτον (antídoton), neuter of ἀντίδοτος (antídotos, “given as a remedy for”), from ἀντιδίδωμι (antidídōmi, “I give in return, repay”), from ἀντί (antí, “against”) + δίδωμι (dídōmi, “I give”). Compare French antidote.
antidote (plural antidotes)
- A remedy to counteract the effects of poison (often followed by "against," "for," or "to").
- (figuratively) Something that counteracts or prevents something harmful.
antidote (third-person singular simple present antidotes, present participle antidoting, simple past and past participle antidoted)
- (transitive) To counteract as an antidote.