- 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
Examples from the Web for anodyne
The person to blame for all this is the anodyne British pop star Gary Barlow.England World Cup Songs In Last Minute Penalty Shoot out
June 12, 2014
Today's stars are secondary—anonymous, anodyne action figures overwhelmed by special effects.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback?
March 30, 2014
And are Iranian overtures to France, especially to French business, anodyne or a way to undermine Western resolve?Iran’s Mixed Messages Ahead Of P5+1 Talks
February 17, 2014
Penelope is closer in sensibility to an anodyne sitcom than a precocious bildungsroman.Paul Auster, Bernhard Schlink, and More of This Week’s Hot Reads: Aug. 13, 2012
August 12, 2012
I was asked a series of anodyne questions about Bush and life in his White House.The Gaffney-Norquist Feud Resumed
August 1, 2012
I crave for the balm of Nature, the anodyne of solitude, the breath of Mother Earth.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Every one in a passion in Italy is styled Eccellenza, as an "anodyne."The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Narcotic, anodyne, and anti-spasmodic; ten to twenty grains.Cattle and Their Diseases
Even the knowledge that he loved her ceased to be an anodyne in those days.Mary Gray
I'd have slapped her across the face as an anodyne if she hadn't been Mekstrom.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
- a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
- anything that alleviates mental distress
- capable of relieving pain or distress
Word Origin and History for anodyne
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."
- An agent that relieves pain.