a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
anything that relieves distress or pain:
The music was an anodyne to his grief.
relieving pain.
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.


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