a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.
relieving pain: a book detailing the anodyne properties of certain plants.
soothing to the mind or feelings: the anodyne effects of a month's vacation.
weakened and made bland, as to avoid harm or controversy: anodyne explanations that shelter children from the brutal truth.
- an·o·dyn·ic [an-uh-din-ik], /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/, adjective
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How to use anodyne in a sentence
Last week’s revelation that Jason Hughes had in fact been paid nearly $10 million through the city’s acquisition of two downtown high rises has made a lot of previously anodyne quotes retroactively hysterical.7 Quotes From or About Jason Hughes That Are, in Retrospect, Hysterical | Andrew Keatts | July 5, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Tuesday’s revelation that Hughes had in fact been paid nearly $10 million through the city’s acquisition of two downtown high rises has made a lot of previously anodyne quotes retroactively hysterical.Politics Report: The 101 Ash St. Scandal Isn’t Going Away | Andrew Keatts | July 3, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
The LAFCO Twitter account retweeted a link to the article, alongside a seemingly anodyne comment in which it promoted an online video of a discussion of the issue the op-ed was about.Why the Water Authority Threatened LAFCO Over a Tweet | Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis | May 17, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
The LAFCO Twitter account retweeted a link to the article, alongside an seemingly anodyne comment in which it promoted an online video of a discussion of the issue the op-ed was about.
One is that what had recently been an extremely anodyne stance for companies to embrace — that voting is good — is now, somehow, construed as worthy of political retaliation.Republicans are learning that there’s more to capitalism than tax cuts | Catherine Rampell | April 8, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Tom Sykes | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Today's stars are secondary—anonymous, anodyne action figures overwhelmed by special effects.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback? | Andrew Romano | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And are Iranian overtures to France, especially to French business, anodyne or a way to undermine Western resolve?
Administration officials have repeatedly issued anodyne statements assuring us that the NSA programs do not “target” Americans.
But this isn't your usual anodyne interfaith Seder, where all is prescribed by ritual and controversial topics are avoided.
Pyramidon is a proprietary preparation derived from, and having the antipyretic and anodyne properties of, antipyrin.
One fluid drachm is equal in anodyne power to one-eighth grain of morphin.
Papine is the anodyne or pain-relieving principle of opium, the narcotic and convulsive elements being eliminated.
It was the only anodyne that nature had in her laboratory for a broken heart; and she slept as tranquilly as a little child.The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
At once a frenzy and an anodyne, I have found in it the inspiration of my genius in its later development.The History of Sir Richard Calmady | Lucas Malet
British Dictionary definitions for anodyne
a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
anything that alleviates mental distress
capable of relieving pain or distress
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