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serenity

[suh-ren-i-tee] /səˈrɛn ɪ ti/
noun, plural serenities for 2.
1.
the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.
2.
(usually initial capital letter) a title of honor, respect, or reverence, used in speaking of or to certain members of royalty (usually preceded by his, your, etc.).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English serenite < Latin serēnitās. See serene, -ity
Related forms
overserenity, noun
Synonyms
1. composure, calm, peacefulness, peace.
Antonyms
1. agitation.
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Word Origin and History for his serenity

serenity

n.

1530s, of weather, 1590s, of persons, from Middle French sérénité, from Latin serenitatem (nominative serenitas) "clearness, serenity," from serenus (see serene). Earliest use (mid-15c.) was as a title of honor for kings, probably from the similar use of Latin serenitas, applied to Roman emperors, later popes.

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