anodyne

[ an-uh-dahyn ]
/ ˈæn əˌdaɪn /

noun

a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.

adjective

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.

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Origin of anodyne

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin anōdynus, from Greek anṓdynos “free from pain, soothing pain,” equivalent to an- + ōdyn- (stem of odýnē “pain,” with lengthening of o ) + -os adjective suffix; cf. an-1, -odynia

OTHER WORDS FROM anodyne

an·o·dyn·ic [an-uh-din-ik], /ˌæn əˈdɪn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anodyne

anodyne
/ (ˈænəˌdaɪn) /

noun

a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
anything that alleviates mental distress

adjective

capable of relieving pain or distress

Word Origin for anodyne

C16: from Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos painless, from an- + odunē pain
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Medical definitions for anodyne

anodyne
[ ănə-dīn′ ]

n.

An agent that relieves pain.
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