anodyne

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1an·o·dyne

adjective \ˈa-nə-ˌdīn\

: not likely to offend or upset anyone

Full Definition of ANODYNE

1
:  serving to alleviate pain
2
:  not likely to offend or arouse tensions :  innocuous

Examples of ANODYNE

  1. <the otherwise anodyne comments sounded quite inflammatory when taken out of context>

Origin of ANODYNE

Latin anodynos, from Greek anōdynos, from a- + odynē pain; probably akin to Old English etan to eat
First Known Use: 1543

Other Pharmacology Terms

cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

2anodyne

noun

Definition of ANODYNE

1
:  something that soothes, calms, or comforts <the anodyne of bridge, a comfortable book, or sport — Harrison Smith>
2
:  a drug that allays pain

Examples of ANODYNE

  1. <the dentist prescribed an anodyne after the root canal>
  2. <as an anodyne for the stress and superficiality of the modern world, there's nothing better than reading a literary classic of substance and insight>

First Known Use of ANODYNE

circa 1550

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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