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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun anodyne:


Anodyne (something that calms or soothes pain) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun anodyne

What does anodyne mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: anodynes

  1. a medicine used to relieve pain

Alternative definition of the noun anodyne


  1. [pharmacology] Any medicine or other agent that relieves pain.
  2. [figuratively] A source of relaxation or comfort.

Definition of the adjective anodyne

What does anodyne mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. capable of relieving pain

Alternative definition of the adjective anodyne


  1. Capable of soothing or eliminating pain. [definition from 16th c.]
  2. [figuratively] Soothing or relaxing. [definition from 18th c.]
  3. Noncontentious, blandly agreeable, unlikely to cause offence or debate; bland, inoffensive. [definition from 20th c.]


  1. Anodyne was an American hardcore band, that existed from 1997 to 2005. Their music was characterized by chaotic song structures coupled with layers of feedback and noise similar to bands like Kiss It Goodbye, Today is the Day and Black Flag. The lyrics were broodingly introspective and emotional. The band went through several lineup changes before arriving at the definitive line up of Mike Hill, Joshua Scott, and Joel Stallings. Drummer Joel Stallings is notable for introducing blast beats to the band’s sound, which were often employed later in the band's existence. Anodyne was affiliated with a number of independent record labels including Escape Artist, Level Plane, and Chainsaw Safety. They completed several US tours and one European Tour. Members went on to perform in Versoma, Tombs and Defeatist.
  2. Anodyne a.k.a. Marfa Lights is a musical group.


Anodyne is a defunct organization, record label.


  1. "Anodyne" is the fourth and final studio album by alternative country band Uncle Tupelo, released on October 5, 1993. The recording of the album was preceded by the departure of the original drummer Mike Heidorn and the addition of three new band members: bassist John Stirratt, drummer Ken Coomer, and multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston. The band signed with Sire Records shortly before recording the album; Anodyne was Uncle Tupelo's only major label release until 89/93: An Anthology in 2002.
  2. "Anodyne" is a musical album of Neon Dream.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  3. "Anodyne" is a composition.
  4. "Anodyne" is a musical album of Down and Above.
    • released in (12 years ago)


"Anodyne" is an independent video game created by Sean Hogan and Jonathan Kittaka, who together form the independent game company Analgesic Productions. After a nearly year-long development through Hogan and Kittaka's last years in college the game was released on February 4, 2013, for Windows PC, Mac OS X and Linux. An Android version was released as part of a Humble Bundle on October 15, 2013. The Anodyne soundtrack was also made available for purchase at the time of release, including all of the music in the game as well as a few bonus tracks.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • designers: Sean Hogan & Jonathan Kittaka
  • developer: Analgesic Productions
  • genre: Action-adventure game
  • released on


Anodyne: In medicine before the 20th century, an anodyne was a drug that was believed to relieve or soothe pain by lessening the sensitivity of the brain or nervous system. It was essentially an analgesic.

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Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants (2012)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set) by Umberto Quattrocchi

(Antiinflammatory, anodyne, sedative, hepatoprotective, for fever, influenza, hepatitis, malaria.) in China: ai xiao chai hu Bupleurum ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Or who in sweet vicissitude appears Of mirth and opium, ratane and tears, The daily anodyne and nightly draught, To kill those foes to fair one's time and thought. Pope'l Moral Euays. Akodyne; from a privative, and ocvvti, P*Jn ; a term applied ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Underworld (2015)

British and American by Eric Partridge

*anodyne, n. Death: 1859, Matsell, 'Aren't yer habel to put him to hanodyne ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Anodyne is the oldest and most inclusive of these terms; it may be applied to any agent used primarily to relieve pain whether by dulling perception of pain or by altering the pain-causing situation (as by local stimulation of blood flow), often ...

Google previewA New Pronouncing Dictionary of Medicine (1892)

Being a Voluminous and Exhaustive Hand-book of Medical and Scientific Terminology, with Phonetic Pronunciation, Accentuation, Etymology, Etc by John Marie Keating

Opium preparation; hypnotic; anodyne. Opioph'aglam. (Gr. 5mm, “opium,” and (fllfElV, '- to eat") Opium-eating; the psychology of opium- eating ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

anodyne (AN-ә-dīn) n. An anodyne is anything (sometimes a medicine) that relieves or lessens pain. The word has more of a literary than a medical connotation. (In medicine a word like analgesic or anesthetic is usually used). Our aerobics ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2004)

Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics - Volume 1; Cultures - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

“cold” antibiotic, anticancer analgesic, anodyne, diuretic, hypnotic antiseptic anodyne (see above) 848 Maya of Highland Mexico.

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

anodyne liniment. Tincture scillae, Lond. Dubl. tincture of squill. Tiactura bait. tolutani, Lond.

Google previewA Practical Dictionary of Domestic Medicine. With a popular description of anatomy, physiology, ... surgery, etc (1808)

by Richard Reece

anodyne . . . ditto . . . . anodyne . carminative anodyne . ditto stomachio tonic . . . stomachic . . ditto and cordial . ditto ditto aperient . . - 3 to 4 drops wat. once or twi. a day aperient and storm 1 mice a ...

Google previewPocket Medical Dictionary (1999)

by B. Jain Publishers Staff

Chlor'anodyne. A proprietary anodyne. Chlorate, klo'-rāt. A compound of chloric acid and a base.

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Scrabble value of A1N1O1D2Y4N1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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