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  • n. The freedom from mental disturbance; imperturbability, dogged indifference.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ataraxia.


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From Middle French ataraxie, from Ancient Greek ἀταραξία (ataraxia, "impassiveness"), from ἀ- (a-, "not") + ταράσσω (tarassō, "I disturb").


  • This fear is one source of perturbation (tarakhê), and is a worse curse than physical pain itself; the absence of such fear is ataraxy, lack of perturbation, and ataraxy, together with freedom from physical pain, is one way of specifying the goal of life, for Epicurus.


  • The first sighs for nothing but repose and liberty; he desires only to live, and to be exempt from labour; nay, the ataraxy of the most confirmed Stoic falls short of his consummate indifference for every other object.

    Second Part

  • Where law obtains, Epicurus indicates, it is preferable not to commit crimes, even secret ones, since there will always be anxiety over the possibility of detection, and this will disrupt the tranquillity or ataraxy that is the chief basis of happiness in life (see Principal Beliefs = KD 34 “ 35).


  • ‘multiloquy’ (Beaumont, _Psyche_); if ‘dyscolous’ (Foxe), ‘ataraxy

    English Past and Present

  • "Apathy -- ataraxy -- complete indifference -- is the highest aim after which the soul of the skeptic strives.

    A Thorny Path — Volume 08


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  • I know that one could correctly use ataraxia in a sentence

    "I feel in a state of ataraxia"

    But it seems incorrect to say

    "I feel ataraxic"

    or, "I feel a feeling of ataraxy"

    March 6, 2009

  • See ataraxia.

    March 12, 2008

  • This word always sounded to me like the opposite of what it means.

    March 11, 2008

  • "...the coca leaves ... sharpened the mind wonderfully; and he welcomed the prospect of that familiar taste... and the calming of his spirit in what he termed 'a virtuous ataraxy, a freedom that owed nothing to alcohol... nor even to his old love opium..."

    --O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 3

    March 11, 2008