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anodyne

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adjective an·o·dyne \ˈa-nə-ˌdīn\

Simple Definition of anodyne

  • : not likely to offend or upset anyone

Full Definition of anodyne

  1. 1 :  serving to alleviate pain

  2. 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


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anodyne

noun an·o·dyne

Definition of anodyne

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

  2. 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>



Circa 1550

First Known Use of anodyne

circa 1550


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