anodyne

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj anodyne capable of relieving pain "the anodyne properties of certain drugs","an analgesic effect"
    • n anodyne a medicine used to relieve pain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anodyne Any medicine which allays pain, as an opiate or narcotic; anything that soothes disturbed feelings.
    • a Anodyne Serving to assuage pain; soothing.☞ “The word [in a medical sense] in chiefly applied to the different preparations of opium, belladonna, hyoscyamus, and lettuce.” Am. Cyc. "The anodyne draught of oblivion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anodyne Having power to relieve pain; hence, soothing to the feelings.
    • n anodyne A medicine or drug which relieves pain, as an opiate or a narcotic; hence, figuratively, anything that allays mental pain or distress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anodyne an′o-dīn a medicine that allays pain, whether acting on the nerves and nerve terminations (aconite, belladonna, cocaine), on the brain (chloral, Indian hemp), or on all these parts (opium, bromide of potassium).
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
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    “Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. anodynus, Gr. free from pain, stilling pain; 'an priv. + pain: cf. F. anodin,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; a, an, neg., and odynē, pain.

Usage

In literature:

It is a finer anodyne than tobacco.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
True conservative policy is not an anodyne hiding away our evil from us in a brief forgetfulness.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
In a measure it was as an anodyne to his ticker fever.
"The Tipster" by Edwin Lefevre
After taking an anodyne draft, he resumed his usual tranquillity.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
But books were no anodyne for the turmoil of this night.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
This is also true of other anodyne remedies.
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham
Anodynes are often applied locally with good results.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
In the majority of cases, cheap pleasure is resorted to by way of anodyne.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It is vastly annoying that I cannot go even to Sydney without an attack; and heaven knows my life was anodyne.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The ease with which Americans can sketch out a state on paper is an anodyne to conscience.
"Gold" by Stewart White
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In poetry:

I leave your garden to the happier comers
For whom its silent sweets are anodyne.
Shall I return? Who knows, in other summers
The peace my spirit longs for may be mine?
"The Village Garden" by Amy Levy
You marvelled at the shapes the clockwork sea
had worn the stone, talking keenly, until
the pace of this random sculpture recalled
your age to you, and then its anodynes.
"Porth Ceiriad Bay" by Ben Jonson
Stupidity, woe's anodyne,
Be kind and comfort me in mine;
Smooth out the furrows of my brow,
Make me as carefree as a cow,
Content to sleep and eat and drink
And never think
"Stupidity" by Robert W Service
Yet here the pang of Love's defeat, the pride
Of life unsatisfied,
Might win repose or anodyne; here the weak,
Armour'd against themselves,
Exchange true guiding for obedience meek.
"At Fountains" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Full-ripened on the bough,
Pends the bright apple now,
And the lees fall from out the unclouded wine.
These memories that return
Pour from their mellowing urn
A dreamful and delicious anodyne.
"Anodyne of Autumn" by Clark Ashton Smith
Draw off my rings, and let my hands rest so ... the wretched cough
Will interrupt my feeble speech and will not be put off....
Ah, anyhow my anodyne is this--to know that you
Are near me, love me!--Kiss me now, as you were wont to do.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Portland's own Boy Eats Drum Machine brought his one-man-turntable-band to the KBOO studios for early morning radio on ANODYNE.
"Anodyne" It's difficult to label Joe Mancuso's work by any traditional means.
Anodyne plans new roasting facility, cafe.
Keep in mind that what he anodynely describes as a "short-term tactical victory" – which he finds " understandable " in light of Israeli policy – was in fact a full-scale Palestinian nullification of the Oslo Accords.
His "vision" for the civil service , "to help make the UK a better place for everyone to live in, and support its success in the world", is too anodyne to be of practical use.
Take Anodyne customer Julie Azari, for example.
Bags of raw coffee line one of the walls at Anodyne Coffee in Bay View.
Last season, television's most anodyne evening got a shot of hipness in the form of Sex and the City executive producer Michael Patrick King's new series, 2 Broke Girls.
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In science:

In fact, one has to establish certain stability properties of the class of categorical equivalences and the so-called inner anodyne maps, which can e.g. be found in [Joy08a].
A short course on infinity-categories
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