- not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so:
“anodyne New Age music”
“I attempted to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible”
- a painkilling drug or medicine.
Origin: mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek anōdunos ‘painless,’ from an- ‘without’ + odunē ‘pain.’
anodynes (plural noun)