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Definition something that's supposed to solve all problems

In Greek mythology, Panacea is the goddess of healing. In older use, it often refers to something that heals all medical conditions.
  • I am skeptical of political panaceas and always look for the unintended consequences.
  • The treatment helps, but it's no panacea.
  • Grandpapa says it is a panacea.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His panacea was somewhat in the nature of an anti-climax, but at least it had the merits of simplicity and of common sense.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Here the glib politician crying his legislative panaceas, and here the peripatetic Cheap-Jack holding aloft his quack cures for human ills.
    Jerome, Jerome K.  --  Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
  • It has taken me all these years to find my tipple, Bunny; but here it is, my panacea, my elixir, my magic philtre
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Raffles, Further Adventures Of The Amateur Cracksman
  • Snagsby has to lay upon the table half a crown, his usual panacea for an immense variety of afflictions.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • It's just all cloaks, sentiment and spiritual rouge and panaceas.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Grandpapa says it is a panacea.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • There is no panacea (let me note) against the shock of meeting.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • But there is frighteningly little evidence that his strategy was the crime panacea that he and the media deemed it.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Sending in a dollar bill wasn't a panacea, but it was very easy to do.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • A panacea for everybody, you know?
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • This impossibility He calls love, and this same monotonous panacea can be detected under all He does and even all He is—or claims to be.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He was getting some vague comfort out of a good cigar, but it was no panacea for the ill which affected him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Secondly, Mr. Snagsby has to lay upon the table half a crown, his usual panacea for an immense variety of afflictions.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Then she met Champ Perry in the post-office—and decided that in the history of the pioneers was the panacea for Gopher Prairie, for all of America.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The good woman no sooner felt the gold within her palm, than her temper began (such is the efficacy of that panacea) to be mollified.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • 'Mo's panacea, the one he guarantees will cure you if it doesn't give you cardiac arrest.'
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He will talk quickly and eagerly about nothing at all, snatching at any subject as a panacea to pain.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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