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[plas-id] /ˈplæs ɪd/
pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed:
placid waters.
Origin of placid
1620-30; < Latin placidus calm, quiet, akin to placēre to please (orig., to calm); see -id4
Related forms
[pluh-sid-i-tee] /pləˈsɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
placidness, noun
placidly, adverb
unplacid, adjective
unplacidly, adverb
unplacidness, noun
See peaceful. Unabridged
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  • Dr. Grayle was awaiting her in the corridor, a watchdog, patient and placid.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The aunt turned out to be a placid woman with a low voice; the sister was too florid and loud for my fancy.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • By degrees the placid influence of her friend calmed her perturbed spirit.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • From another point we looked down on Andraitx, and marked the wide plain that ended in the placid waters of the port.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
British Dictionary definitions for placid


having a calm appearance or nature
Derived Forms
placidity (pləˈsɪdɪtɪ), placidness, noun
placidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin placidus peaceful; related to placēre to please
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Word Origin and History for placid

1620s, from French placide (15c.) and directly from Latin placidus "pleasing, peaceful, quiet, gentle, still, calm," from placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placidly; placidness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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