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placid

[plas-id] /ˈplæs ɪd/
adjective
1.
pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed:
placid waters.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin placidus calm, quiet, akin to placēre to please (orig., to calm); see -id4
Related forms
placidity
[pluh-sid-i-tee] /pləˈsɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
placidness, noun
placidly, adverb
unplacid, adjective
unplacidly, adverb
unplacidness, noun
Synonyms
See peaceful.
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  • They accept their fate as lovers who will go beyond the grave together with an unemotional kind of placidity.
British Dictionary definitions for placidity

placid

/ˈplæsɪd/
adjective
1.
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
n.

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

placid

adj.

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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