Friday, April 4, 2008

anodyne -- soothing, comforting, assuaging pain

From David Brooks' column in today's Times:

"By 1968, King was under harsh assault not only from white racists but from the black power movement, which regarded his tactics as outdated and anodyne."

anodyne - adj. [from the Greek anodynos - a + odyne (pain)]
serving to assuage pain

anodyne - n.
1: a drug that alleviates pain
2: something that soothes, calms, or comforts

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