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|Tom Sykes|June 12, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
And are Iranian overtures to France, especially to French business, anodyne or a way to undermine Western resolve?
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|Mythili Rao|August 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I included an anodyne letter, but I shied away from saying what I should have said.The Eagle Scouts and Boy Scouts of America’s Antigay Policy|Naka Nathaniel|June 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The peerage, "God bless our old nobility," acts like an anodyne on her.The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II.(of II)|Charles James Lever
Some of the remedies he introduced are still in use, notably the spirits of ether, or "Hoffman's anodyne."A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
Somewhere in his bag, he should have an anodyne tablet that would kill any ache.Badge of Infamy|Lester del Rey
In the whole moral physic-shop there is no anodyne like duty, sweetened with a little charity towards your neighbours.M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."|G.J. Whyte-Melville
Intellectual effort became first the anodyne of physical evil, then the earnest aim of her life.Essays|Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for anodyne
Word Origin for anodyne
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."