Definition of placid
- placid skies
- a placid disposition
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a person with a sunny, placid disposition
the placid surface of the lake
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Like placid, the words calm, tranquil, and serene all mean "quiet and free from disturbance." Calm conveys a quiet composure that contrasts with surrounding chaos, while tranquil suggests a very deep quietude and peace. Serene is loftier still, carrying a sense of utter peace and happiness. Though placid traces back to Latin placēre, meaning "to please," it isn't always as positive a term as its synonyms. It can imply a lack of agitation rather than a true peace, and it sometimes suggests excessive self-satisfaction or even stupidity.
calm, collected, composed, cool, coolheaded, equal, level, limpid, peaceful, possessed, recollected, sedate, self-composed, self-possessed, serene, smooth, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed, unruffled, unshaken, untroubled, unworried;
: not easily upset or excited
: not moving much : calm and steady
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