- a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.
Also at·a·rax·y [at-uh-rak-see] /ˈæt əˌræk si/.
Origin of ataraxia
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- calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity
Word Origin for ataraxia
C17: from Greek: serenity, from ataraktos undisturbed, from a-1 1 + tarassein to trouble
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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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