- pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed: placid waters.
Origin of placid
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Examples from the Web for placidly
She placidly tells people she is dreaming until her frantic father finds her again and loses his temper.Diagnosing Jane, Louis C.K.’s Troubled Daughter on ‘Louie’ Who Can’t Separate Dreams From Reality
May 15, 2014
The agent heard him placidly, as one who listens to a curious tale.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He was a man of quick temper, and perhaps he would not have taken it so placidly as I did.The Prisoner of Zenda
"I—I don't think you'll tell me that," said Plowden, placidly.The Market-Place
"He always was a strong healthy boy," said the old woman, placidly.Typhoon
She was of the kind who fought out trouble silently, but not placidly.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- having a calm appearance or nature
Word Origin and History for placidly
1620s, from French placide (15c.) and directly from Latin placidus "pleasing, peaceful, quiet, gentle, still, calm," from placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placidly; placidness.