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placid

[plas-id]
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adjective
  1. pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed: placid waters.
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Origin of placid

1620–30; < Latin placidus calm, quiet, akin to placēre to please (orig., to calm); see -id4
Related formspla·cid·i·ty [pluh-sid-i-tee] /pləˈsɪd ɪ ti/, plac·id·ness, nounplac·id·ly, adverbun·plac·id, adjectiveun·plac·id·ly, adverbun·plac·id·ness, noun

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Related Words for placid

serene, easygoing, quiet, even-tempered, gentle, peaceful, tranquil, collected, composed, cool, detached, equable, even, halcyon, imperturbable, restful, self-possessed, still, irenic, poised

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Historical Examples of placid

  • It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.

  • “A fair-haired fellow,” the last observed in a placid tone, and paused.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Dilly took her placid companion by the arm, and hurried her on.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for placid

placid

adjective
  1. having a calm appearance or nature
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Derived Formsplacidity (pləˈsɪdɪtɪ) or placidness, nounplacidly, adverb

Word Origin for placid

C17: from Latin placidus peaceful; related to placēre to please
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Word Origin and History for placid

adj.

1620s, from French placide (15c.) and directly from Latin placidus "pleasing, peaceful, quiet, gentle, still, calm," from placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placidly; placidness.

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