Synonyms for doctored

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I went to summer resorts for my health and was doctored all summer, but to no effect.

I doctored it—for the owners—tempted by a low rascal called Cloete.

I didn't do anything out of the ordinary—just fed him and doctored him as best I could.

He took me to his home, doctored me, cared for me, and brought me home.

I doctored a cut he had the other day, and he tells me he can see at night.

They showed their wounds, and through Achang asked to be "doctored."

I was informed that it was doby itch, and that I should have it doctored before it spread.

The sick children now came to me to be doctored early every morning.

There was a Brotherhood which taught and doctored, and a teaching Sisterhood.

That time my foot was festering I had it doctored ever so long.


c.1300, "Church father," from Old French doctour, from Medieval Latin doctor "religious teacher, adviser, scholar," in classical Latin "teacher," agent noun from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "holder of highest degree in university" is first found late 14c.; as is that of "medical professional" (replacing native leech (n.2)), though this was not common till late 16c. The transitional stage is exemplified in Chaucer's Doctor of phesike (Latin physica came to be used extensively in Medieval Latin for medicina).

Similar usage of the equivalent of doctor is colloquial in most European languages: cf. Italian dottore, French docteur, German doktor, Lithuanian daktaras, though these are typically not the main word in those languages for a medical healer. For similar evolution, cf. Sanskrit vaidya- "medical doctor," literally "one versed in science." German Arzt, Dutch arts are from Late Latin archiater, from Greek arkhiatros "chief healer," hence "court physician." French médecin is a back-formation from médicine, replacing Old French miege, from Latin medicus.



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