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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 were engaged thus placidly when both heard an unfamiliar sound in the private hallway.
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  • 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

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 placidly

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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