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ataraxia

[at-uh-rak-see-uh] /ˌæt əˈræk si ə/
noun
1.
a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.
Also, ataraxy
[at-uh-rak-see] /ˈæt əˌræk si/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin < Greek: calmness, equivalent to atarák(tos) unmoved (a- a-6 + tarak-, variant stem of tarássein to disturb + -tos verbid suffix) + -s(is) -sis + -ia -ia
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ataractic
[at-uh-rak-tik] /ˌæt əˈræk tɪk/ (Show IPA),
ataraxic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ataractic

ataractic

/ˌætəˈræktɪk/
adjective
1.
able to calm or tranquillize
noun
2.
(obsolete) an ataractic drug

ataraxia

/ˌætəˈræksɪə/
noun
1.
calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity
Word Origin
C17: from Greek: serenity, from ataraktos undisturbed, from a-11 + tarassein to trouble
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Word Origin and History for ataractic
adj.

1941, from Greek ataraktos "not disturbed" (see ataraxia) + -ic.

ataraxia

n.

also Englished as ataraxy, "calmness, impassivity," c.1600, from Modern Latin, from Greek ataraxia "impassiveness," from a-, privative prefix, + tarassein (Attic tarattein) "to disturb, confuse," from PIE root *dher- "to make muddy, darken."

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