Definition of anodyne in English:

anodyne

Pronunciation /ˈanəˌdīn/ /ˈænəˌdaɪn/

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adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I want to be able to turn on Radio 1 and hear you playing your own unique music one day, stopping that flow of anodyne pop nothingness.’
    • ‘Faced between one party with bland anodyne policies crafted not to offend anyone, and another with evil policies which it truly believes in, voters will always pick the party with the courage of its convictions.’
    • ‘It said that it had merely offered bland anodyne advice that it would offer to anybody who asked for it, and said that what happened next was certainly nothing to do with it.’
    • ‘So, instead, we got a relatively neutral, anodyne report from the committee.’
    • ‘It is not any part of my purpose to present a bland or anodyne view of the Bible.’
    • ‘The film is a cute, anodyne fantasy of 70s rock, based on his adventures as a kid reporter with Rolling Stone.’
    • ‘If the utterly mainstream, occasionally anodyne nature of the entertainer's work makes him hard to accept as an enormously significant black role model, so too does his apparent oblivion to racial politics.’
    • ‘Under contract to Rank, he played so many anodyne heroes that he became ‘the idol of the Odeons‘.’
    • ‘This debut album is breathtakingly anodyne stuff.’
    • ‘Most attendees, however, will probably have more anodyne concerns to tussle with: like where did they leave their car in the first place, and how to drive with six inches of mud on their boots.’
    • ‘In front of millions of his viewers he is taking a moral position - a far cry from the days of anodyne news reports which assiduously avoided taking positions.’
    • ‘‘He would say anodyne things that didn't offend people,’ says Scottish historian Richard Finlay.’
    • ‘In essence, they are largely anodyne affairs and an opportunity for leaders to fire up the troops before going into battle.’
    • ‘The whole film strays dangerously close to anodyne children's television fare at this stage.’
    • ‘That memoir has now become an even more anodyne film, to be released in Britain next week.’
    • ‘Overall, it's a little too anodyne and pleasant.’
    • ‘Once in a while, anodyne comment emerges in the mainstream about the ‘dumbing down’ of news.’
    bland, inoffensive, innocuous, neutral, unobjectionable, unexceptionable, unremarkable, commonplace, dull, tedious, run-of-the-mill
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noun

  • A painkilling drug or medicine.

    ‘she had even refused anodynes’
    • ‘an anodyne to the misery she had put him through’
    • ‘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.’
    painkiller, painkilling drug, analgesic, pain reliever, palliative
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Origin

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