(noun, adjective)


1. thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms

- doctors in antiseptic green coats

- the antiseptic effect of alcohol

- it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities

Similar word(s): clean, healthful, aseptic, sterile, bactericidal, disinfectant, germicidal, cleansing, purifying, nonpurulent, clean, uninfected, germfree

2. clean and honest

- antiseptic financial practices

Similar word(s): incorrupt

3. freeing from error or corruption

- the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism

Similar word(s): purifying

4. devoid of objectionable language

- lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School

Similar word(s): clean, unobjectionable


1. a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues

Definition categories: man–made, medicament, medication, medicine