Definition of placid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplasɪd/


1Not easily upset or excited: a placid, contented man
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  • Despite his life going downhill, he was still described by people who knew him as a gentle, placid, easy-going, amiable man.
  • His placid nature and sense of humour instilled confidence in patients seeking counselling.
  • The placid nature of many of the skits is due mostly in part to the fact that times have changed and so has the country's sense of what is funny.
even-tempered, calm, equable, tranquil, imperturbable, unexcitable, peaceable, peaceful, serene, mild, gentle, quiet, cool, cool-headed, collected, {cool, calm, and collected}, composed, self-possessed, poised, easy-going, temperate, level-headed, steady, unruffled, unmoved, undisturbed, unperturbed, unemotional, phlegmatic, stolid, bovine
informal unflappable
rare equanimous
1.1Calm and peaceful, with little movement or activity: the placid waters of a small lake
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  • Few know that Hebbal Lake is an ideal place for a quiet paddle on placid waters.
  • It showed in her movements, those fine steps and twists that were as smooth as prized silk and as calm as the placid lake on a sunny day.
  • When the wind blows, it can be a fearsome proposition, yet, like all links, it is vulnerable when the weather is calm and placid.
quiet, calm, tranquil, still, peaceful, motionless, smooth, waveless, pacific, unruffled, undisturbed, like a millpond;
restful, sleepy



Pronunciation: /pləˈsɪdɪti/
Example sentences
  • While acting in ‘good faith’ does not mean things will always turn out the way one wants them to, it does lead to placidity, and such placidity is a prerequisite for reflection.
  • Hannah's remembrances of things past, however, are sometimes skewed by subtle dissonances and a sense of anxiety that disturb the apparent placidity of his picture-perfect world.
  • Secondly, the team has suffered through a febrile 2005, falling off the pace, storming back into the race, and then settling for long stretches of placidity.


Pronunciation: /ˈplasɪdli/
Example sentences
  • He greets the news placidly and stands to leave.
  • So life moved placidly forward, in his last days, from nonage to nonagenarianism, and boredom was the worst thing that could happen to him.
  • The tobacco people surely don't take this placidly.


Pronunciation: /ˈplasɪdnəs/
Example sentences
  • They pierced the placidness of my ears with great anguish.
  • There is more than enough reflection, placidness, crescendos and release to please any fan familiar with the group's work thus far.
  • That intellectualism eventually gave way to a certain kind of even less-compelling placidness.


Early 17th century: from French placide, from Latin placidus, from placere 'to please'.

Words that rhyme with placid

Abbasid, acid, antacid, flaccid, Hasid

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