President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias laid a calming hand on 1980s El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama.
Then there is the nicotine: a stimulant that for the addict also has the added effect of calming the nerves.
David Cameron, the new British prime minister, is credited with calming the hysteria that infected the White House.
Bill Clinton views Melanne as a calming influence, a confirmed loyalist and a perpetual optimist.
His voice is that of an accomplished surgeon talking to a patient; it is calming, rather than apocalyptic.
The tempest has blown over, the sky is serene, and the sea is calming down and looking as blue again as ever!
As soon as Kirsty had succeeded in calming me, I told her the whole story.
Then, calming down: "But you are quite certain now, my dear Lætitia?"
Adversity vexed and irritated, instead of calming and subduing her.
But he never heard any music, and this, instead of calming his nerves, made him sicker.
late 14c., from Old French calme "tranquility, quiet," traditionally from Old Italian calma, from Late Latin cauma "heat of the mid-day sun" (in Italy, a time when everything rests and is still), from Greek kauma "heat" (especially of the sun), from kaiein "to burn" (see caustic). Spelling influenced by Latin calere "to be hot." Figurative application to social or mental conditions is 16c.
late 14c., from Old French calme, carme "stillness, quiet, tranquility," from the adjective (see calm (adj.)).
late 14c., from Old French calmer or from calm (adj.). Related: Calmed; calming.