placid

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From French placide, from Latin placidus ‎(peaceful, calm, placid), from placeō ‎(please, satisfy).

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placid ‎(comparative placider, superlative placidest)

  1. calm and quiet; peaceful; tranquil
    a placid disposition
    a placid lake
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, chapter 9, in Jane Eyre[1], HTML edition:
      April advanced to May: a bright serene May it was; days of blue sky, placid sunshine, and soft western or southern gales filled up its duration.
    • 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport)[2]:
      [I]n the 575 days since [Oscar] Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, there has been an unseemly scramble to construct revisionist histories, to identify evidence beneath that placid exterior of a pugnacious, hair-trigger personality.

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