Definition of anodyne in English:

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anodyne

Pronunciation: /ˈanədʌɪn/

adjective

Not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull: anodyne music
More example sentences
  • I just find their music very anodyne, its very ‘consistent’, it lacks variation and is very safe - and that's the problem for the film.
  • At other moments - for all the Chorus's endeavours - the concert is let down by anodyne music and lyrics.
  • The sound effects - such as the perfect hollow pop every time Sara takes her pills - work in harmony with the images to convey the dull repetition and anodyne ritual that make up any addiction.
Synonyms
bland, inoffensive, innocuous, neutral, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, unremarkable, commonplace, dull, tedious, run-of-the-mill

noun

A painkilling drug or medicine: she had even refused anodynes figurative an anodyne to the misery she had put him through
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  • It displays diuretic, anodyne, styptic, digestive, antihelminthic, expectorant, antipyretic, and antiemetic properties.
  • It is an anti-inflammatory, tonic astringent, diaphoretic, stomachic, nervine, anodyne and antiseptic.
  • The root, which is rather toxic, has anodyne and soporific properties.
Synonyms
painkiller, painkilling drug, analgesic, pain reliever, palliative

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek anōdunos 'painless', from an- 'without' + odunē 'pain'.

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  • Introduced via Latin from Greek anōdunos ‘painless’, the base elements of anodyne are an- ‘without’ and odunē ‘pain’.

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Line breaks: ano|dyne

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