plac·id | \ ˈpla-səd \

Definition of placid 

: serenely free of interruption or disturbance placid skies a placid disposition also : complacent sense 1

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Other words from placid

placidity \pla-ˈsi-də-tē, plə- \ noun
placidly \ˈpla-səd-lē \ adverb
placidness noun

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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 tranquility. 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

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.

Examples of placid in a Sentence

a person with a sunny, placid disposition the placid surface of the lake

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Far from placid shared housing, these communities offer amenities like game rooms, clubhouses, gyms and pools. Shannon Rooney,, "Three homes in 55-and-over communities that will make you want to retire right now," 2 Apr. 2018 But the results announced on Wednesday also revealed a decline in Goldman’s trading might, which has been drained by a potent combination of placid markets and quiet clients. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump is eager to claim credit for Apple moves. But it's a bit more complicated.," 18 Jan. 2018 But the results announced on Wednesday also revealed a decline in Goldman’s trading might, which has been drained by a potent combination of placid markets and quiet clients. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Goldman Sachs Once Looked Invincible. Now It’s Losing Money.," 17 Jan. 2018 But First Lady Melania Trump appeared more placid for this afternoon’s outing to The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium. Fiona Ma | Wwd,, "Melania Trump wears Calvin Klein for concert outing during NATO summit, Elie Saab for evening festivities," 11 July 2018 Even so, Walden is the place popularly linked to Thoreau, its ostensibly placid character an enduring touchstone for the author’s celebration of serenity as an exercise in standing still. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes’ Review: Earth’s Many Eyes," 25 May 2018 But southern white rhinos like Justin, born Feb. 7, and his mother, Kacy, have a more placid temperament. Bradley J. Fikes,, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 The rally at Lake Merritt was placid compared to the thousands chanting to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly referred to as ICE, at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "One child’s view on immigration can help in these scary times," 1 July 2018 After a few billion years, the galaxy tends to settle into a relatively placid and stable middle age. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of placid

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for placid

Latin placidus, from placēre to please — more at please

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English Language Learners Definition of placid

: not easily upset or excited

: not moving much : calm and steady


plac·id | \ ˈpla-səd \

Kids Definition of placid

: calm and peaceful a placid face a placid lake

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