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placid

[plas-id] /ˈplæs ɪd/
adjective
1.
pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed:
placid waters.
Origin of placid
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin placidus calm, quiet, akin to placēre to please (orig., to calm); see -id4
Related forms
placidity
[pluh-sid-i-tee] /pləˈsɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
placidness, noun
placidly, adverb
unplacid, adjective
unplacidly, adverb
unplacidness, noun
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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

placid

/ˈplæsɪd/
adjective
1.
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

placid

adj.

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.

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