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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A magic potion. Philtres were often, though not always, used for love or sexual purposes. Supposedly, when drunk, the philtre would cause the recipient to fall madly in love with the first person he or she saw. As described in literature of the Middle Ages, many were made up of obnoxious ingredients and administered in strong wine, to disguise their foul taste. Mandrake root was a common ingredient, as were vervain, briony, human or animal blood, and the red gum known as dragon's blood.

As Rosemary Guiley points out, in Wicca the forcing of love upon another is forbidden—one must never interfere with another's free will—so today philtres would only be used to enhance love that already exists.

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The passage in question reads: 'These are the philtres, allurements, jynges, inveiglements, baits, and enticements of love, by the means whereof that may be peaceably revived which was painfully acquired' ('Ce sont les philtres, iynges et attraictz d'amour, moienans lesquelz pacificquement on retient ce que peniblement on avoit conqueste').' (2) Here Rabelais is actually writing on political science, and of military conquest, pacification, and subsequent rule, likening the process to winning a woman with great effort but then needing to retain her by means of love potions.
But alas, our hero has run out of money, and in an effort to pay for the philtre, he recklessly agrees to join the army in return for immediate funds.
Le voyage acquiert le role d'un philtre contre le surgissement agressif de l'identite; (10) son ecriture est une pure ecoute du silence.
The noun [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is a soother, sedative agent, philtre, potion, or drug [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
En effet, vers la fin de Paris, son ecriture prend de plus en plus une resonnance biblique tandis qu'il fait de la capitale francaise une nouvelle Jerusalem, epuree et delivree de la notion chretienne de peche (il en sortira "le philtre d'amour et d'eternelle jeunesse" [1556]), et un puissant symbole d'espoir universel: "Il n'est que cette terre-la au monde pour que l'idee y germe, y fleurisse ...
At 34 he is one of the busiest riders on the local circuit, and says: "I've been lucky to have ridden at most recent Cheltenham Festivals for some well-known trainers, and I've won the [Racing Post Weekender] Lady Dudley Cup on Distinctive [in 2000] and John Corbet Cup on Philtre [2001] and was fourth in the Christie's Foxhunter Chase on Grimley Gale [1998] on her first run outside of a point-topoint."
where: [H.sub.F](s) is the transfer function of the low-passage philtre, [H.sub.CF](s) is the transfer function of the frequency static converter, [H.sub.MA](s) is the transfer function of the asynchronous motor, [H.sub.C](s) is the transfer function of the coupling and mechanical / power brake, whereas [H.sub.ML](s) is the transfer function of the working machine.
His most recent album Philtre (his seventh) won this year's Radio 3 World Music award for boundary crossing.
Perhaps if the year were 1447 instead of 1947 I might have hoodwinked my gentle nature by administering her some classical poison from a hollow agate, some tender philtre of death.
In addition to presenting the idea of love (in nuce at least) as its own justification, Eilhart also deals with the love philtre in an ambiguous way.