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(noun) a painkilling drug or medicine

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anodyne



a past and future stretching far beyond the anodyne riffs to which he confined it

editorialising on Adorno's analysis of jazz

—p.107 Presentation III (100) by Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Bloch, Fredric Jameson, György Lukács, Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin
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anticipating another anodyne meeting like all the previous ones

—p.38 An Indecent Proposal (38) by Yanis Varoufakis
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2 years ago


the saturation of the reading public by a 'mass', profit-hungry, anodyne culture

—p.140 Post-Structuralism (127) by Terry Eagleton
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a weirdly totalizing kind of centrism: keep your political ideas as anodyne as your business aphorisms

—p.232 All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go (227) by Ann Friedman
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9 months, 1 week ago


Defined merely as the capacity to affect others, power is an anodyne concept, lacking sufficient purchase to single out significant instances as important.

this is kind of a weird way of using anodyne (very divorced from its original meaning) but I can sort of see it

—p.9 Technology and Social Power (1) by Graeme Kirkpatrick
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1 year, 9 months ago


Although he is often depicted as an anodyne moralist, a precursor to multicultural liberalism, King was actually a visionary whose politics became increasing radical in tandem with the movement he led.

—p.115 Are socialists pacifists? Aren’t some wars justified? (104) by Jonah Birch
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2 years, 1 month ago


the rise of an activist left that had no patience for the anodyne neoliberal nostrums of free trade and enlightened multicultural management

—p.21 Believe in Something (18) by Yasmin Nair
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it describes the everyday experiences of people far from areas traditionally associated with America’s Long Wars—thereby implicating our own anodyne lives in the steady militarization of our common world

—p.11 War Games (6) by Scott Beauchamp
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being a novelist, even one whose name was o the lips of every literary saloniste and cocktail party-goer, no ticket to dignity and no anodyne to status anxiety

on a photo of Martin Amis, Bret Easton Ellis, Will Self and Patrick McGrath

—p.45 Slouching towards Grubnet: The Author in the Age of Publicity (44) by Gerald Howard
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the cheerless challenge of a Schopenhauer. His work forces them to struggle hard to make their vision seem anything more than anodyne consolation.

—p.56 The eclipse of meaning (56) by Terry Eagleton
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2 years, 1 month ago


Another anodyne would obviously be to widen the access road and make it two-way.

—p.282 §24 (258) by David Foster Wallace
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1 year, 11 months ago


mirrors processes of adolescent self-definition, functioning as an anodyne of sorts to infantile narcisissm, refusing to look beyond the borders of its own importance

on DFW's relationship (i.e., where he places himself in the panthen) with other American postmodernist fiction writers

—p.48 "It's Just the Texture of the World I Live in": Wallace and the World (41) by Clare Hayes-Brady
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2 years, 2 months ago