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 Homer’ic Verse.Hon’est (h silent). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Homœop’athy (5 syl.).
 
The plan of curing a disease by very minute doses of a medicine which would in healthy persons produce the very same disease. The principle of vaccination is a sort of homœopathy, only it is producing in a healthy person a mitigated form of the disease guarded against. You impart a mild form of small-pox to prevent the patient from taking the virulent disease. (Greek, homoios pathos, like disease.) (See HAHNEMANN.)   1
       
“Tut, man! one fire burns out another’s burning!
One pain is lessened by another’s anguish …
Take thou some new infection to the eye,
And the rank poison of the old will die.”
       
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 2.
 


 Homer’ic Verse.Hon’est (h silent). 

 
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