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Examples of placid in a Sentence
a person with a sunny, placid disposition
the placid surface of the lake
Recent Examples of placid from the Web
Bell says recreational swimmers and kayakers are being caught off guard by a river that's usually far more placid.
In the formal dining room, the couple entertained both dignitaries and Tennessee backwoodsmen, without regard for their station, and in a placid location behind the garden are their graves.
On this summer day, the world looked placid over on Calumet too.
While the two companies’ stocks rose sharply and their competitors’ tanked, the rest of the market remained placid.
What stirred the placid Indians into attack mode during their 8-1 win over the Twins at Target Field?
Her face is like the placid surface of a lake, never giving anything away.
River level forecasts have increased in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, since tropic-like rainstorms in 2008 caused the normally placid Cedar River to climb higher than anyone thought possible, eventually topping the previous record flood by 11 feet.
The commercial chaos gives way to a placid stretch where so many stood on the grassy median as Ali's hearse passed by.
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What is the Difference Between placid, calm, tranquil, and serene?
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.
Synonym Discussion of placid
PLACID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of placid for English Language Learners
: not easily upset or excited
: not moving much : calm and steady
PLACID Defined for Kids
Definition of placid for Students
: calm and peaceful a placid face a placid lake
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