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Definition of "anodyne" []

  • Capable of soothing or eliminating pain. (adjective)
  • Relaxing: anodyne novels about country life. (adjective)
  • A medicine, such as aspirin, that relieves pain. (noun)
  • A source of soothing comfort. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anodyne" in a sentence
  • "HoF II was designed by the Taylor Morrison company, a home builder specializing in anodyne subdevelopmental housing in the Southwest."
  • "Theyre's a band called anodyne that sounds pretty interesting playing tomorrow, and I talked to Big Jim about going. .but the Nor'easter has put those plans in jeopardy."
  • "It may be that the last new anodyne, which is warranted to have all the virtues and none of the ill-effects of opium, had also come to the end of _its_ tether."