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nostrum

nos·trum

nostrum

 
 
pronunciation:
na strm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a medicine with undisclosed ingredients, advertised without proof as an effective cure; quack remedy.
William Radam's "Microbe Killer," a nostrum sold in the 1890s, made the claim, "Cures all Diseases."
definition 2: a favorite but unproven scheme or theory, offered as a remedy for social or political problems; panacea.
Conservatives regard the idea that government can solve social problems as a liberal nostrum.
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