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ataraxy Line breaks: at¦ar|axy
Pronunciation: /ˈatəraksi/
(also ataraxia ˌatəˈraksɪə)

Definition of ataraxy in English:


[mass noun] literary
A state of serene calmness.
Example sentences
  • The stated goal of Epicureanism is ataraxia, or tranquility of mind.
  • They urged instead the cultivation of what they called ataraxia, the complete suspension of belief and consequently of all emotional involvement with anything.
  • The ideal is ataraxia, freedom from disturbance.


Example sentences
  • Also an ataractic, ethylisobutrazine is used primarily to control excessive barking in kennels.
  • The new compounds of this invention are mild central nervous system depressants and may be used as tranquilizers or ataractic agents for the relief of anxiety and tension states in the same manner as chlordiazepoxide.
  • Since the action of the ataractic drug may modify the effect of the anæsthetic, it has been difficult to assess whether the hæmodynamic changes observed have been due to the ataractic drug itself.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps he has attained the sort of blissful ataraxic state that his characters so long for.
  • In so far as the ataraxic effect is concerned, both groups of substances raise the same psychopharmacological problem, which is the possibility of reducing emotion by means of medicaments.
  • Don't you know how ataraxic she is at this time of the morning?


Early 17th century: from French ataraxie, from Greek ataraxia 'impassiveness', from a- 'not' + tarassein 'disturb'.

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