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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
The commercial chaos gives way to a placid stretch where so many stood on the grassy median as Ali's hearse passed by.
Luigi Sturniolo, 56, a placid librarian and veteran social activist from the nearby city of Messina, is one of them.
Now, instead of sitting in front of the TV all glazed over and placid, kids climb behind the controls of Billy the Bulldozer and go hog wild.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of placid
Latin placidus, from placēre to please — more at please
First Known Use: 1626
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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