an|o|dyne1 [ˈænədaın] adj formal
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: anodynus, from Greek, from an- 'without' + odyne 'pain']
expressed in a way that is unlikely to offend anyone
= ↑bland
anodyne topics of conversation
anodyne 2
anodyne2 n
1.) technical a medicine that reduces pain
2.) formal an activity or thing that comforts people

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