Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Freedom from the passions; calmness of mind; stoical indifference: a term used by the Stoics and Skeptics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Perfect peace of mind, or calmness.

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  • noun literary, Greek philosophy A pleasure that comes when the mind is at rest.

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  • noun peace of mind

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἀταραξία (ataraxia), ἀ- (a-, "negative prefix") + ταράσσω (tarassō, "trouble, disturb").

Examples

  • Mr. Jaffa is already developing what the ancient Stoics and the great Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard called ataraxia, or imperturbability.

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  • He was a devoted follower of the teachings of Epicurus—“that pleasure is the beginning and end of living happily”—although I hasten to add that he was an Epicurean not in the commonly misunderstood sense, as a seeker after luxury, but in the true meaning, as a pursuer of what the Greeks call ataraxia, or freedom from disturbance.

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  • He was a devoted follower of the teachings of Epicurus—“that pleasure is the beginning and end of living happily”—although I hasten to add that he was an Epicurean not in the commonly misunderstood sense, as a seeker after luxury, but in the true meaning, as a pursuer of what the Greeks call ataraxia, or freedom from disturbance.

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  • All three schools stressed the overarching value of "ataraxia", the absence of disturbance in the soul.

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  • The climacteric stage of the mere exercise of reason is displayed in Stoicism, an ethical system which aims primarily not at virtue but at happiness, although this theory inculcates that happiness can be attained only through "ataraxia" (inward quietness or peace of mind), while this can only be gained by virtue.

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  • By being reflective and considered, said the Stoics, one can attain "ataraxia," which means "peace of mind" or emotional stability.

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  • By being reflective and considered, said the Stoics, one can attain "ataraxia," which means "peace of mind" or emotional stability.

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  • It is also possible that the Epicureans, whose aim was also ataraxia, learned something from Pyrrho; there are indications of an association between Pyrrho and Nausiphanes, the teacher of Epicurus.

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  • Finally, in answer to the third question, we are told that the result for those who adopt the unopinionated attitude just recommended is first aphasia and then ataraxia.

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  • What we have here, plainly, is a fuller specification of the ataraxia that the Aristocles passage promised as the outcome of the process of responding in the recommended way to the three questions.

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  • (noun)

    calmness untroubled by mental or emotional disquiet

    http://medical.merriam-webster.com/medical/ataraxia

    December 15, 2007

  • I first heard this word as the title of track 3 of the Everclear album "So Much for the Afterglow", which was about a short statement about anti-depressants.

    December 15, 2007

  • JM enjoys his state of ateknia as it produces a state of ataraxia

    February 6, 2009

  • your all lying-it means a rake.

    August 1, 2009

  • JM is worried about aiming for ataraxia.

    January 18, 2011

  • In deserts calm camels of Bactria,

    In mountains impervious yaks appear.

    Amid hills and sands

    Of the turbulent 'stans

    The livestock has learned ataraxia.

    June 18, 2015