Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being placid; peacefulness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being placid; calmness; serenity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being placid; tranquillity; peacefulness; quietness; calmness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling
  • n. a disposition free from stress or emotion

Etymologies

From Latin placiditās ("mildness, placidity"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The other is elitism, a charge that clearly grates on him and unnerves his wife, who has a great deal that would be attractive in a first lady (intelligence, accomplishment, beauty) but lacks placidity, which is, actually, necessary.

    While McCain Watches

  • [She has risen and stands rubbing her arm and recovering her placidity, which is considerable.]

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Vladimir Beregovoy wonders whether modern show and pet breeders who favor "placidity" would breed from what he calls "Houdinis " like my Kazakh female Ataika left, who routinely escapes from 8- foot fenced enclosures though no bigger than a whippet.

    Cloned Dog and Afghan Intelligence

  • Arrived at this decision, she had telephoned to her own home as to the uncertainty in regard to her movements, and thereafter had awaited the issue of events with that simple placidity which is the boon sometimes granted by much experience of the world.

    Making People Happy

  • Such things were spoken of quite openly, as though they were quite natural, with that placidity which is one of the great features of the town, the inhabitants of which are able to maintain it in the face of suffering and death.

    Jean-Christophe Journey's End

  • Gradually, however, the talking became more infrequent, the cheerfulness passed into a kind of placidity; and without any particular crisis or sign of the end,

    Robert Browning

  • The limbs grew stiff and rigid -- the features smoothed into that mysteriously wise placidity which is so often seen in the faces of the dead, -- the closed eyelids looked purple and livid as though bruised ... there was not a breath, not a tremor, to offer any outward suggestion of returning animation, -- and when, after some little time, Heliobas bent down and listened, there was no pulsation of the heart ... it had ceased to beat!

    Ardath

  • By studying together in clubs, by conversing in monotone and by rule, by thinking the same things and exchanging ideas until we have none left, we shall come into that social placidity which is one dream of the nationalists -- one long step towards what may be called a prairie mental condition -- the slope of Kansas, where those who are five thousand feet above the sea-level seem to be no higher than those who dwell in the

    Complete Essays

  • With the first full puff of the smoke he gave over his moans and yelps, the agitation began to fade out of him, and Daughtry, appreciatively waiting, saw the trembling go out of his hands, the pendulous lip-quivering cease, the saliva stop flowing from the corners of his mouth, and placidity come into the fiery remnants of his eyes.

    CHAPTER 2

  • Can't you see the man, content with a good digestion, unailing body, and mild pleasures, and enjoying life with bovine placidity?

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

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