time is a great healer

There are numerous expressions derived from the ancient concept that time heals, several of which are illustrated here. Predominantly used in the context of feelings and emotions rather than physical suffering. Cf. MENANDER Fragments dclxxvii. (Kock) πάντων ἰατρὸς τῶν ἀναγκαίων κακῶν χρόνος ἐστίν, time is the healer of all necessary evils.

c 1385 CHAUCER Troilus & Criseyde v. 350 As tyme hem [them] hurt, a tyme doth hem cure.

1591 J. HARINGTON tr. Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso VI. ii. He hurt the wound which time perhaps had healed, weening [thinking] with greater sinne the lesse to mend.

1622 H. PEACHAM Complete Gentleman iv. Time, the Phisition of all.

1837 DISRAELI Henrietta Temple III. VI. ix. Time is the great physician.

1926 G. B. SHAW Translations & Tomfooleries 60 Time is the great healer.

1942 A. CHRISTIE Body in Library viii. He had a terrible shock and loss... But Time, as my dear mother used to say, is a great healer.

2001 Washington Times 23 Sept. C17 Time is the greatest of healers, and during the next few weeks, sports again will provide us with a much-needed respite from our everyday worries.


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  • healer — UK [ˈhiːlə(r)] / US [ˈhɪlər] noun [countable] Word forms healer : singular healer plural healers 1) someone who is believed to be able to cure people who are ill, using special powers 2) something that heals you Time is a great healer …   English dictionary

  • healer — heal|er [ˈhi:lə US ər] n 1.) someone who is believed to be able to cure people using natural powers, rather than by using medicine →faith healer at ↑faith healing 2.) something that makes a bad experience seem less painful ▪ Time is a great… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • healer — heal|er [ hilər ] noun count 1. ) someone who can cure people who are sick, using special powers that other people do not understand 2. ) something that heals you: Time is a great healer …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • time heals all wounds — (or chiefly Brit time is a/the great healer) used to say that feelings of sadness, disappointment, etc., gradually go away as time passes I thought I would never be able to love again, but, as they say, time heals all wounds. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

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