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placid

[plas-id] /ˈplæs ɪd/
adjective
1.
pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed:
placid waters.
Origin of placid
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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  • "She's feeling pretty well, for her," Mr. Moore said placidly.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • The agent heard him placidly, as one who listens to a curious tale.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Charles placidly poked the fire, both his feet on the fire-dogs.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • She was of the kind who fought out trouble silently, but not placidly.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Miss Gilmer, who was placidly knitting, changed needles without looking up.

  • “We could eat,” Twaddles said placidly, which made Jud laugh.

  • "I've told her to go to bed," she placidly informed the secretary.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • Perhaps,” he said placidly, “she has gone to the little shop over the way.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • This ant-lion charged into the placidly feeding aphids on the milkweed plant.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
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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