I. adjective not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull • anodyne music.
II. noun a painkilling drug or medicine. • she had even refused anodynes.
‹figurative› an anodyne to the misery she had put him through.
– origin mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek anōdunos ‘painless’, from an- ‘without’ + odunē ‘pain’.