Curative vs Anodyne - What's the difference?
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Curative is a related term of anodyne.
As adjectives the difference between curative and anodyne
is that curative
is possessing the ability to cure, to heal or treat illness while anodyne
is capable]] of [[soothe|soothing or eliminating pain.
As a noun anodyne is
(pharmacology) any medicine or other agent that relieves pain.
Possessing the ability to cure, to heal or treat illness.
- The curative power of the antibiotics introduced in the '50s was amazing at the time.
Capable]] of [[soothe, soothing or eliminating pain.
* 1847 , Littell's Living Age , number 161, 12 June 1847, in Volume 13, page 483:
* 1910 , Edward L. Keyes, Diseases of the Genito-Urinary Organs , page 211:
- Many a time has the vapor of ether been inhaled for the relief of oppressed lungs; many a time has the sought relief been thus obtained; and just so many times has the discovery of the wonderful anodyne properties of this gas, as affecting all bodily suffering, been brushed past and overlooked.
(figuratively) Soothing or relaxing.
- The citrate is the most efficient as an alkali, but irritates some stomachs, the liquor the most anodyne , the acetate the most diuretic.
Noncontentious, blandly agreeable, unlikely to cause offence or debate; bland, inoffensive.
* 2003 , The Guardian , 20 May 2003:
- Classical music is rather anodyne .
* 2010 , "Rattled", The Economist , 9 Dec 2010:
- It all became so routine, so anodyne , so dull.
- States typically like to stick to anodyne messages, like saving wildflowers or animals. But every so often a controversy crops up.
(pharmacology) Any medicine or other agent that relieves pain.
(figuratively) A source of relaxation or comfort.
*1890 , (Oscar Wilde), The Picture of Dorian Gray , ch. VII:
*:The air was heavy with the perfume of the flowers, and their beauty seemed to bring him an anodyne for his pain.
*1929 , (Virginia Woolf), A Room of One's Own , page 79:
- So, with a sigh, because novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.