Anodyne – not likely to cause offense or disagreement and somewhat dull. This is daytime television at its most anodyne. Anodyne came to English via Latin from Greek an┼Źdynos (“without pain”), and it has been used as both an adjective and a noun (“something that relieves pain”) since the 16th century. It has sometimes been used of things that dull or lull the senses and render painful experiences less. So, Edmund Burke used it this way, for example, in 1790 when he referred to flattery as an “anodyne draft of oblivion” that renders one (in this case, the deposed king Louis XVI) forgetful of the flatterer’s true feelings. ]]>

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