anodynic

anodyne

[an-uh-dahyn]
noun
1.
a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
2.
anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.
adjective
3.
relieving pain.
4.
soothing to the mind or feelings.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin anōdynus < Greek anṓdynos painless, equivalent to an- an-1 + ōdyn- (stem of odýnē pain, with lengthening of o) + -os adj. suffix

anodynic [an-uh-din-ik] , adjective
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anodyne (ˈænəˌdaɪn)
 
n
1.  a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
2.  anything that alleviates mental distress
 
adj
3.  capable of relieving pain or distress
 
[C16: from Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos painless, from an- + odunē pain]

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anodyne
1540s, from M.L. anodynus "pain-removing," from L. anodynus "painless," from Gk. anodynos "free from pain," from an- "without" + odyne "pain," a word perhaps from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf., from the same root, Lith. edioti "to devour, bite," ediotis "to suffer pain"). In old slang, frequently a euphemism
for "death;" e.g. anodyne necklace "hangman's noose."
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anodyne an·o·dyne (ān'ə-dīn')
n.
An agent that relieves pain.

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