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serene

[suh-reen] /səˈrin/
adjective
1.
calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled:
a serene landscape; serene old age.
2.
clear; fair:
serene weather.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) most high or august (used as a royal epithet, usually preceded by his, your, etc.):
His Serene Highness.
noun
4.
serenity; tranquillity.
5.
Archaic. a clear or tranquil expanse of sea or sky.
Origin of serene
1495-1505
First recorded in 1495-1505, serene is from the Latin word serēnus (of the sky, weather) clear, unclouded
Related forms
serenely, adverb
sereneness, noun
overserene, adjective
overserenely, adverb
unserene, adjective
unserenely, adverb
unsereneness, noun
Synonyms
1. undisturbed, imperturbable, unperturbed, composed, collected. See peaceful. 2. unclouded.
Antonyms
1. disturbed. 2. clouded.
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  • "Accessible in two hundred years, all right," insisted Dick serenely.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • "And no doubt perfectly able to afford it," remarked Edna, serenely.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Outside of the family circle, however, they were serenely reticent.

  • "You scold like a drunken fish-wife," said Lingard, serenely.

  • "Don't know, Jerry, and don't care," looking down at me serenely.

  • "Worth doesn't need to listen to me, Mr. Boyne," she said serenely.

  • serenely he assumed possession of her, and the assumption was very sweet.

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  • He was as serenely unconscious of this as of his several other nicknames.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • "No reason to hurry, Lena," he said in his ordinary, serenely polite tones.

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British Dictionary definitions for serenely

serene

/sɪˈriːn/
adjective
1.
peaceful or tranquil; calm
2.
clear or bright: a serene sky
3.
(often capital) honoured: used as part of certain royal titles: His Serene Highness
Derived Forms
serenely, adverb
sereneness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin serēnus
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Word Origin and History for serenely

serene

adj.

mid-15c., "clear, calm," from Latin serenus "peaceful, calm, clear" (of weather), figuratively "cheerful, glad, tranquil," of uncertain origin; perhaps from a suffixed variant of PIE *ksero- "dry," source of Greek xeros "dry" (see xerasia). In English, applied to persons since 1630s. Related: Serenely.

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