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  1. a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.
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Also at·a·rax·y [at-uh-rak-see] /ˈæt əˌræk si/.

Origin of ataraxia

1595–1605; < Latin < Greek: calmness, equivalent to atarák(tos) unmoved (a- a-6 + tarak-, variant stem of tarássein to disturb + -tos verbid suffix) + -s(is) -sis + -ia -ia
Related formsat·a·rac·tic [at-uh-rak-tik] /ˌæt əˈræk tɪk/, at·a·rax·ic, adjective, noun
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Related Words for ataraxia

equanimity, coolness, stillness, calmness, serenity, calm, spontaneity, content, comfort, satisfaction, luxury, relaxation, composure, aplomb, tranquillity, quietude, quietness, peacefulness, repose, hush

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Historical Examples of ataraxia

  • When the sage realizes this, he will cease to prefer one course of action to another, and the result will be apathy, "ataraxia."

    A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

    W. T. Stace

  • Ataraxia came to the Sceptic as success in painting the foam on a horse's mouth came to Apelles the painter.

  • The aim of Pyrrhonism was ataraxia in those things which pertain to opinion, and moderation in the things which life imposes.

  • The method, however, by which ataraxia or peace of mind could be reached, was peculiar to the Sceptic.

British Dictionary definitions for ataraxia


ataraxy (ˈætəˌræksɪ)

  1. calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity
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Word Origin for ataraxia

C17: from Greek: serenity, from ataraktos undisturbed, from a-1 1 + tarassein to trouble
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Word Origin and History for ataraxia


also Englished as ataraxy, "calmness, impassivity," c.1600, from Modern Latin, from Greek ataraxia "impassiveness," from a-, privative prefix, + tarassein (Attic tarattein) "to disturb, confuse," from PIE root *dher- "to make muddy, darken."

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