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Definition an ineffective remedy — such as a medicine or political solution
  • still have faith in the same old nostrums
  • 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
  • Though, indeed, the vendor of a certain nostrum has vulgarized the truism to the very point of contempt.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • 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
  • "~Dominum nostrum~," added Gossip Tourangeau, making the sign of the cross.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • You do realize that the ancient lands—and the Marc Nostrum—are dangerous?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • 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
  • Why didn't we send the Italian fleet to the bottom of Mare Nostrum?
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited
  • The Hercules Guide to 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
  • 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
  • Once in the Mediterranean—the Mare Nostrum—they would be in the ancient lands.
    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
  • She has somehow found out about it, about the doctor and his nostrums and his prophecies — I suppose from his nurse, a chemical redhead with a mouth that flaps at both ends.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • 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

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