1. Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.
2. Relaxing: anodyne novels about country life.
3. Watered-down; insipid: "Many journalists, desperate to escape the anodyne and often absurd publicity releases, were drawn to Bogart's caustic, irreverent and highly quotable outbursts" (Jeffrey Meyers).
1. A medicine, such as aspirin, that relieves pain.
2. A source of soothing comfort.
[Latin anōdynus, from Greek anōdunos, free from pain : an-, without; see A-1 + odunē, pain; see ed- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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