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Wednesday, June 28, 2000

anodyne

\AN-uh-dyn\ , adjective;
1.
Serving to relieve pain; soothing.
2.
Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous.
noun:
1.
A medicine that relieves pain.
2.
Anything that calms, comforts, or soothes disturbed feelings.
Quotes:
But for the most part the British charts were clogged with anodyne ballads.
-- Nigel Williamson, "Here's a little story, to tell it is a must", Times (London), January 11, 2000
He is alternately accused of being too much the warrior and too anodyne.
-- Hanna Rosin, "The Madness of Speaker Newt", New Republic, March 17, 1997
Numbness . . . may have replaced pain as the complaint of our century now that aspirin analgesia, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS), and other anodynes can take away the pains of the civilized world.
-- Howard M. Spiro, Facing Death
An avid fisherman himself, McGarr shares Nellie's philosophy: "I do not merely fish for fish," she would say, "I fish for doubt's anodyne and care's surcease."
-- Marilyn Stasio, "Crime", New York Times, September 19, 1993
This third novel by a reporter for The New York Times shrewdly examines love as an anodyne for rural isolation.
-- "Notable Books of the Year 1997", New York Times, December 7, 1997
Origin:
Anodyne comes, via Latin, from Greek anodunos, "free from pain," from a-, an-, "without" + odune, "pain."
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