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Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Definitions for anodyne

  1. Serving to relieve pain; soothing.
  2. Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous.
  3. A medicine that relieves pain.

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Citations for anodyne
But for the most part the British charts were clogged with anodyne ballads. Nigel Williamson, Times (London)
He is alternately accused of being too much the warrior and too anodyne. Hanna Rosin, New Republic
Origin of anodyne
1535-1545
Anodyne comes, via Latin, from Greek anodunos, "free from pain," from a-, an-, "without" + odune, "pain."