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anodyne (noun) pain reliever (usually a drug).

A drug or any substance, which relieves us of pain by reducing the sensation to pain, is an anodyne. An anodyne soothes us and eases our pain. Pain balms and ointments are anodynes. Soothing words which relieve someone of their agony, are also anodynes.

  • The modern human beings are much better off than their ancestors because the moderns have the benefit of anodynes which their forefathers did not have, and so had to endure a lot of pain and suffering.
  • Fred's soothing remarks acted as an anodyne on Eliza who had been very upset by Ann's insulting comments.
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