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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During our initial test drive, we were surprised by the serenity of the 2019 Ram crew cab. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Ram scores first strike as roomier, cushier all-new 2019 Ram 1500 begins shipping," 26 Mar. 2018 Across more than 30 years on the New York scene, Mr. Frisell and his semisweet, misty-eyed attack have modeled both experimentation and serenity in improvised music. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: John Prine Comes Home, and 10 More New Songs," 9 Feb. 2018 Yet somehow, observing this action, the wiggly yet consistent lines, the efficient discarding of cut out rubber, fills us with a sense of serenity and calm. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watching Tread Carved Into Tires Is Incredibly Relaxing," 10 Nov. 2017 There are long cart rides between holes on the sprawling property, which add to your sense of solitude and serenity. Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses," 21 June 2018 Once there, the beauty and serenity of Palm Beach proper hits you immediately. Tinsley Mortimer, Town & Country, "Is There Really a Difference Between Palm Beach and West Palm Beach?," 9 Aug. 2017 Clear, still waters with nary a ripple breaking the surface hugged by ancient sandstone cliffs flecked with lush, green flora instantly transport you to a place of serenity. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 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

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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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