- a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.
Origin of ataraxia
Related Words for ataraxiaequanimity, 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.
- calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity
Word Origin 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."