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  • n. The property of being serene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Serenity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being serene or tranquil; serenity.


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From serene +‎ -ness



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  • So sionnach, would you say that serene is serener that sereneness?

    December 1, 2007

  • Actually, mollusque, I'd have to disagree. For me, only 'o' and 'a' truly work in monovocalic words of this length. Too many 'i' vowels and it's mealy-mouthed; too many repeated 'e's and you end up with an ugly sequence like the 'enene' at the core of this word. Furthermore, the two adjacent (but not coincident) 'n' sounds in this word make it hard to pronounce - a reason, I imagine, why use of the alternative "serenity" is more common.

    So I think that sereneness is deficient both on aesthetic and practical grounds.

    December 1, 2007

  • Isn't sereneness a wonderful word? No letters above or below the line, no waves, uniformly voweled, peaceful esses. (Time to start the reflexive list.)

    December 1, 2007