Adjective "anodyne" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull.
  1. 'So, instead, we got a relatively neutral, anodyne report from the committee.'
  2. '‘He would say anodyne things that didn't offend people,’ says Scottish historian Richard Finlay.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'That memoir has now become an even more anodyne film, to be released in Britain next week.'
  5. 'At other moments - for all the Chorus's endeavours - the concert is let down by anodyne music and lyrics.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'In essence, they are largely anodyne affairs and an opportunity for leaders to fire up the troops before going into battle.'
  10. 'Under contract to Rank, he played so many anodyne heroes that he became ‘the idol of the Odeons‘.'


A painkilling drug or medicine.
  1. figurative 'an anodyne to the misery she had put him through'
  2. 'The root, which is rather toxic, has anodyne and soporific properties.'


1. a medicine that relieves or allays pain.

2. anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief. adjective

3. relieving pain.

4. soothing to the mind or feelings.

More examples(as adjective)

"stuffs can be anodyne."

"motions can be anodyne."

"introductions can be anodyne."

"texts can be anodyne."

"songs can be anodyne."

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