(noun) a painkilling drug or medicine
an anodyne against loneliness
That sounds anodyne, but
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
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.
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
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