past cure

past cure

Incurable or hopeless, especially of an illness that has a grim prognosis. We need to go see your grandmother tonight—the doctors believe that her condition is past cure.
See also: cure, past
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Elizabeth Pochoda, our departing literary editor, once wrote that "the craft of book reviewing scarcely rates much serious conversation, as if it were by now an affliction past cure or notice.
"Despite the stories of past cures, the use of crude oil for medicinal purposes has been condemned by Western doctors as potentially carcinogenic," former journalist Maryam Omidi wrote in a 2017 book published in Britain about Soviet-era sanatoriums.