What does the word anodyne mean?

Usage examples for anodyne

  1. During the next three years the consumption of tea was greatly increased; but very little seems to have been known about it by those who drank it- if we may judge from the enlightenment received from a pamphlet, given gratis, " up one flight of stairs, at the sign of the Anodyne Necklace, without Temple Bar." – The Little Tea Book by Arthur Gray
  2. And perhaps he made a mistake, shunning his friends and seeking an anodyne only in a wearying routine. – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller