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still have faith in the same old nostrums
  an ineffective remedy — such as a medicine or political solution
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  • still have faith in the same old nostrums
  • Generally the village people went to Geillis Duncan for help, but there had been several patients from the village turning up of late in my dispensary, and the traffic in nostrums had been heavy.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Though, indeed, the vendor of a certain nostrum has vulgarized the truism to the very point of contempt.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "~Dominum nostrum~," added Gossip Tourangeau, making the sign of the cross.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • —Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Chapter 7 The Mediterranean in Forty–Eight Hours THE MEDITERRANEAN, your ideal blue sea: to Greeks simply "the sea," to Hebrews "the great sea," to Romans mare nostrum.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He more than intimated that it was at his option to concoct a liquid that should prolong life for years, perhaps interminably; but that it would produce a discord in Nature which all the world, and chiefly the quaffer of the immortal nostrum, would find cause to curse.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Shelves of soap-cartons, teething-rings, garden-seeds, and patent medicines in yellow "packages-nostrums" for consumption, for "women’s diseases"—notorious mixtures of opium and alcohol, in the very shop to which her husband sent patients for the filling of prescriptions.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Containing infallible nostrums for procuring universal disesteem and hatred.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "He wasted time at Hunziker’s nostrum factory all right, and his title is ’Doctor,’ not ’Professor,’ if you MUST give him a—"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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  • Finally, he had asked the patients as soon as he saw them, "Well, who has been cramming you with nostrums?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • You do realize that the ancient lands—and the Marc Nostrum—are dangerous?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • "Mare Nostrum," Jason explained.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Now they were in the middle of the open sea, completely on their own, sailing to the Mare Nostrum, where all the scary monsters and nasty giants had come from.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Once in the Mediterranean—the Mare Nostrum—they would be in the ancient lands.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Not just any demigod can survive the Mare Nostrum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • The title read: The Hercules Guide to the Mare Nostrum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • THE HERCULES GUIDE TO THE MARE NOSTRUM didn’t help much with snakes and mosquitoes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • The Hercules Guide to Mare Nostrum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • If he must dispense his balm of Gilead in nostrums and apothegms of dubious taste to restore to health a generation of unfledged profligates let his practice consist better with the doctrines that now engross him.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Nay, he would sometimes retire hither to take his beer, and it was not without difficulty that he was prevented from forcing Jones to take his beer too: for no quack ever held his nostrum to be a more general panacea than he did this; which, he said, had more virtue in it than was in all the physic in an apothecary’s shop.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Square was rejoiced to find this adventure was likely to have no worse conclusion; and as for Molly, being recovered from her confusion, she began at first to upbraid Square with having been the occasion of her loss of Jones; but that gentleman soon found the means of mitigating her anger, partly by caresses, and partly by a small nostrum from his purse, of wonderful and approved efficacy in purging off the ill humours of the mind, and in restoring it to a good temper.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And he laid his hands upon that he blessed and gave thanks and he prayed and they all with him prayed: —Deus, cuius verbo sanctificantur omnia, benedictionem tuam effunde super creaturas istas: et praesta ut quisquis eis secundum legem et voluntatem Tuam cum gratiarum actione usus fuerit per invocationem sanctissimi nominis Tui corporis sanitatem et animae tutelam Te auctore percipiat per Christum Dominum nostrum.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They’ll assume that we’ll die in the Mediterranean—the Mare Nostrum."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • We’ve been looting and pillaging ships on the Mare Nostrum for eons."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • "I’ve sailed these waters for centuries, waylaying any demigods foolish enough to explore the Mare Nostrum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • We will do what we can to speed you safely across the Atlantic without further interference from Keto’s monsters, but be warned: in the ancient sea, the Mare Nostrum, more dangers await."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
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