from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.
- adj. Relaxing: anodyne novels about country life.
- n. A medicine, such as aspirin, that relieves pain.
- n. A source of soothing comfort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any medicine or other agent that relieves pain.
- n. A source of relaxation or comfort.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to assuage pain; soothing.
- n. Any medicine which allays pain, as an opiate or narcotic; anything that soothes disturbed feelings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having power to relieve pain; hence, soothing to the feelings.
- n. A medicine or drug which relieves pain, as an opiate or a narcotic; hence, figuratively, anything that allays mental pain or distress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of relieving pain
- n. a medicine used to relieve pain
Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos, free from pain : an-, without; see a-1 + odunē, pain; see ed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anōdynus ("painless"), from Ancient Greek ἀνώδυνος (anōdynos, "free from pain"), from ἀν- (an-, "without") + ὀδύνη (odynē, "pain"). (Wiktionary)