Definition of anodyne in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanəˌdīn/


Not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so: anodyne New Age music I attempted to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible
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  • 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.


A painkilling drug or medicine.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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

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Syllabification: an·o·dyne

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