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[suh-ren-i-tee] /səˈrɛn ɪ ti/
noun, plural serenities for 2.
the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.
(usually initial capital letter) a title of honor, respect, or reverence, used in speaking of or to certain members of royalty (usually preceded by his, your, etc.).
Origin of serenity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English serenite < Latin serēnitās. See serene, -ity
Related forms
overserenity, noun
1. composure, calm, peacefulness, peace.
1. agitation. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for serenity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being serene
(often capital) a title of honour used of certain royal personages: preceded by his, her, etc
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Word Origin and History for serenity

1530s, of weather, 1590s, of persons, from Middle French sérénité, from Latin serenitatem (nominative serenitas) "clearness, serenity," from serenus (see serene). Earliest use (mid-15c.) was as a title of honor for kings, probably from the similar use of Latin serenitas, applied to Roman emperors, later popes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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