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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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  • They were engaged thus placidly when both heard an unfamiliar sound in the private hallway.
  • They usually start calmly, placidly but with a strong inner rhythm, and rise in tension and volume.
  • Cows grazing the high-banked meadow across the road gazed over at us placidly.
  • And yet that small fiend only sat there leering at me with joy and contempt, and placidly chuckling.
  • Giant petrels placidly squat on their single brood on nests made of small rocks or limpet shells.
  • Some volcanoes display explosive behavior while others erupt more placidly.
  • Rams in the rut fight for hours, then placidly feed side by side.
  • These stilling basins served to control the water's hydraulic jump and dissipate its energy so that it flowed placidly downstream.
British Dictionary definitions for placidly


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 placidly



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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