a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
anything that relieves distress or pain:
The music was an anodyne to his grief.
soothing to the mind or feelings.
a drug that relieves pain; analgesic
anything that alleviates mental distress
capable of relieving pain or distress
1540s, from Medieval Latin anodynus “pain-removing, allaying pain,” from Latin anodynus “painless,” from Greek anodynos “free from pain,” from an- “without” (see an- (1)) + odyne “pain,” a word perhaps from PIE root *ed- “to eat” (cf., from the same root, Lithuanian edžioti “to devour, bite,” edžiotis “to suffer pain;” see eat). In old slang, frequently a euphemism for “death;” e.g. anodyne necklace “hangman’s noose.”
anodyne an·o·dyne (ān’ə-dīn’)
An agent that relieves pain.
a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content.
extreme mental deficiency.
. noun a period of sexual inactivity between two periods of oestrus in many mammals