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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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Examples from the Web for placidity
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  • I began by remarking that she must find London a very complete change after the sun and placidity that she had come from.

  • His usually placid, gentle face had lost some of its placidity.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She felt a little shocked, but her placidity was too deep-rooted to be altogether destroyed.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • It's difficult to give you an adequate idea of Davidson's placidity.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • His countenance, broad and chub-cheeked, had the placidity of a full moon.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • That placidity of hers gave her the air of being as relentless as a Fate.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • "Just for exercise," she answered dreamily; and her placidity the more exasperated her journalist cousin.

    Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington
  • The stranger's excitement was a strong contrast to the Major's placidity.

  • The detective's placidity and his perpetual self-contradictions exasperated M. de Presles.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • Any reference to the "right one" always disturbed her placidity.

British Dictionary definitions for placidity


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 placidity

1610s, from Latin placiditatem (nominative placiditas), from placidus (see 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.

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