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[plas-id] /ˈplæs ɪd/
pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed:
placid waters.
Origin of placid
1620-30; < Latin placidus calm, quiet, akin to placēre to please (orig., to calm); see -id4
Related forms
[pluh-sid-i-tee] /pləˈsɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
placidness, noun
placidly, adverb
unplacid, adjective
unplacidly, adverb
unplacidness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for placidly
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  • 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 Anthony Hope
  • "I—I don't think you'll tell me that," said Plowden, placidly.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • "He always was a strong healthy boy," said the old woman, placidly.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • She was of the kind who fought out trouble silently, but not placidly.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • “We could eat,” Twaddles said placidly, which made Jud laugh.

  • "I am not going to let them bother me," announced Marjorie placidly.

  • Perhaps,” he said placidly, “she has gone to the little shop over the way.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
  • "This excitement will not advance matters," said Foyle placidly.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
British Dictionary definitions for placidly


having a calm appearance or nature
Derived Forms
placidity (pləˈsɪdɪtɪ), placidness, noun
placidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin placidus peaceful; related to placēre to please
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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