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placid

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adjective plac·id \ˈpla-səd\

Simple Definition of placid

  • : not easily upset or excited

  • : not moving much : calm and steady

Full Definition of placid

  1. :  serenely free of interruption or disturbance <placid skies> <a placid disposition>; also :  complacent 1

pla·cid·i·ty play \pla-ˈsi-də-tē, plə-\ noun
plac·id·ly play \ˈpla-səd-lē\ adverb
plac·id·ness noun

Examples of placid

  1. a person with a sunny, placid disposition

  2. the placid surface of the lake



Origin of placid

Latin placidus, from placēre to please — more at please


First Known Use: 1626

Synonym Discussion of placid

calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence <the protests ended, and the streets were calm again>. tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure <the tranquil beauty of a formal garden>. serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquillity <watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening>. placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency <remained placid despite the criticism>. peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil <grown peaceful in old age>.

Rhymes with placid


PLACID Defined for Kids

placid

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adjective plac·id \ˈpla-səd\

Definition of placid

  1. :  calm and peaceful <a placid face> <a placid lake>





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