Definition: A drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
Definition: Anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of sorrow or trouble.
1. Respite – respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;/ Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"/Quoth the Raven "Nevermore." — The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe
2. For a man in whom love had always inspired delay, that nepenthe could not inspire decision. — The Island of the Day Before, Umberto Eco, William Weaver