se·ren·i·ty | \sə-ˈre-nə-tē \

Definition of serenity 

: the quality or state of being serene

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Examples of serenity in a Sentence

the serenity in the aftermath of the tornado was remarkable his serenity calmed those around him

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Her trust in the personal power derived from action is reflected in the confident serenity with which Pomme and Suzanne confront their turbulent lives. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Agnès Varda’s Radical View of Women’s Liberation," 4 June 2017 First protected by the National Park Service in 1864, the Grove has drawn over a million visitors annually seeking serenity in the surrounds of 500 mature giant sequoia trees, some as tall as 200 feet and as old as 1,800 years. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Yosemite’s Giant Sequoias Are Back in Business," 22 Jan. 2018 Reducing the noise from devices is key to a home’s sense of serenity, Mr. Masi says. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home," 28 June 2018 Lionel Messi could not disrupt its serenity; nor could Luis Suárez; now Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have failed, too. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Turns out serenity hits you pretty quickly up there. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Editors' Favorite Trips," 1 July 2018 But all too often, that serenity is abruptly cut short when guests discover their vehicles have been burglarized and their possessions taken. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco’s auto burglary hot spots," 17 Mar. 2018 Texas Guandi Temple and Tian Hau Temple Much has been made of the sense of serenity experienced at the Rothko Chapel in Montrose, but quietude and reflection is also available on the east side. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 And then there are requiems that confront mortality with calmness and serenity, like those of French composers Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Kansas City Symphony Chorus’ requiem will offer a balm for the soul | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of serenity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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se·ren·i·ty | \sə-ˈre-nə-tē \

Kids Definition of serenity

: the quality or state of being calm and peaceful

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