[ at-uh-rak-see-uh ]
See synonyms for: ataraxiaataractic on

  1. a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety, especially as an ongoing condition of soul-fulfilling attainment; unconditional tranquility: I’m not looking to achieve ataraxia—I just want a week away from the daily grind.

Origin of ataraxia

First recorded in 1600–10; from Greek ataraxía “impassiveness, calmness,” equivalent to atarák(tos) “unmoved” (a- a-6 + tarak-, a stem of tarássein “to disturb” + -tos verbid suffix) + -s(is) -sis + -ia -ia
  • Also at·a·rax·y [at-uh-rak-see]. /ˈæt əˌræk si/.

Other words from ataraxia

  • at·a·rac·tic [at-uh-rak-tik], /ˌæt əˈræk tɪk/, at·a·rax·ic, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for ataraxia


ataraxy (ˈætəˌræksɪ)

/ (ˌætəˈræksɪə) /

  1. calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity

Origin of ataraxia

C17: from Greek: serenity, from ataraktos undisturbed, from a-1 1 + tarassein to trouble

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