Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a medicine that relieves or allays pain. anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief. relieving pain. soothing to the mind or feelings. Origin of anodyne 1535–45;
painless, equivalent to
an- an- 1
pain, with lengthening of
Related forms an·o·dyn·ic , [an- uh- din-ik] /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anodynic a drug that relieves pain; analgesic anything that alleviates mental distress capable of relieving pain or distress Word Origin
C16: from Latin
anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos painless, from an- + odunē pain
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Word Origin and History for anodynic anodyne adj.
1540s, from Medieval Latin
anodynus "pain-removing, allaying pain," from Latin anodynus "painless," from Greek anodynos "free from pain," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + odyne "pain," a word perhaps from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf., from the same root, Lithuanian edžioti "to devour, bite," edžiotis "to suffer pain;" see eat). In old slang, frequently a euphemism for "death;" e.g. anodyne necklace "hangman's noose."
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anodyne (ăn ′ə-dīn′) An agent that relieves pain.
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