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From Medieval Latin an?dynos (“stilling or relieving pain”), from Ancient Greek ???????? (an?dunos, “free from pain”), from ??- (an-, “without”) + ????? (odún?, “pain”).
Adjective sense “noncontentious” probably through French anodin (“harmless, trivial”), of same origin.
- (pharmacology) capable of soothing or eliminating pain [from 16th c.]
- (figuratively) soothing or relaxing [from 18th c.]
- (by extension) noncontentious, blandly agreeable, unlikely to cause offence or debate [from 20th c.]
anodyne (plural anodynes)