[ at-uh-rak-see-uh ]
/ ˌæt əˈræk si ə /
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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

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
at·a·rac·tic [at-uh-rak-tik], /ˌæt əˈræk tɪk/, at·a·rax·ic, adjective, noun
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  • Thus philosophy is only an apprenticeship of death, and not of life; it tends to death by its image, apathy and ataraxy.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker

British Dictionary definitions for ataraxia


ataraxy (ˈætəˌræksɪ)

/ (ˌætəˈræksɪə) /


calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity
C17: from Greek: serenity, from ataraktos undisturbed, from a-1 1 + tarassein to trouble
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