se·​ren·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈre-nə-tē How to pronounce serenity (audio) \

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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Living on the road has given us a deeper appreciation for the simple beauty, pleasantness, and serenity that nature can provide for a human. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 Even so, the robust serenity of the original design endures in the methodical curve of the X-braces, rooted and functionally regal all at once. John King,, "A look at why pro basketball and Oracle Arena were a perfect fit," 7 June 2019 Or, in secular terms, did this incandescent woman, unschooled and hyperactive, find a protective community and self-medicate her way to some sort of serenity? J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Barbara Rubin, Shameless Angel of Avant-Garde Cinema," 21 May 2019 After our morning in the crowded village, returning to SwaSwara was a chance to fall back into serenity. Caren Osten Gerszberg, New York Times, "At a Yoga Retreat in India: Beach Walks, Body Treatments and Healing," 16 Feb. 2018 Add a patterned alternative in muted colors to bring a dose of serenity and personality. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "18 Pieces from Walmart’s New MoDRN Collection That’ll Upgrade Every Room in Your Home," 20 May 2019 Naturalism Swept the Runways At shows like Loewe and Lanvin, clean skin and even cleaner hair evoked the serenity and purity of nature through its untrammeled state. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 An alpine hay and flower wrap followed by an ayurvedic massage will bring you a new level of serenity. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Pilgrims seeking serenity during a visit to Jesus’ traditional baptism site may be rattled by what greets them: thousands of land mines left over from dormant Mideast conflicts. Washington Post, "Area around Jesus’ baptism site being cleared of land mines," 29 Mar. 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 How to pronounce serenity (audio) \

Kids Definition of serenity

: the quality or state of being calm and peaceful

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