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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ his placid round face
▪ She's a sweet, placid child who rarely gets upset or angry.
▪ The setting sun turned the placid ocean into a sea of gold.
▪ There was a worried look on her normally placid face.
▪ All the eye can see are evergreens, a placid body of water and the occasional loon.
▪ Half-closed, dozy eyes usually belong to a placid, lazy horse.
▪ He seemed to be placid and even cheerful.
▪ My second child, for instance, was a placid baby who fed to routine from his earliest day and rarely cried.
▪ Phlegmatic: this type has a placid nature and tends to be lazy.
▪ She floated listening on the placid amniotic tides.
▪ Some infants are intense, while others are more relaxed; some are squirmy and restless, while others are placid.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Placid \Plac"id\, a. [L. placidus, originally, pleasing, mild, from placere to please: cf. F. placide. See Please.] Pleased; contented; unruffied; undisturbed; serene; peaceful; tranquil; quiet; gentle. ``That placid aspect and meek regard.''
--Milton. ``Sleeping . . . the placid sleep of infancy.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. calm and quiet; peaceful; tranquil

  1. adj. free from disturbance; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "the quiet waters of a lagoon"; "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"; "a smooth channel crossing"; "scarcely a ripple on the still water"; "unruffled water" [syn: quiet, still, tranquil, unruffled]

  2. not easily irritated; "an equable temper"; "not everyone shared his placid temperament"; "remained placid despite the repeated delays" [syn: equable, even-tempered, good-tempered]

  3. without untoward incident or disruption; "a placid existence"; "quiet times" [syn: quiet]

  4. taking life easy; "an easygoing man rarely stirred to anger"; "an air of placid sufficiency" [syn: easygoing]


Placid is a masculine given name, and may refer to:

  • John Placid Adelham (17th century), English Protestant minister
  • Saint Placid (6th century), Italian Christian monk
  • Father Placid J Podipara (20th century), Indian Catholic priest

Usage examples of "placid".

I wondered if any of the others could see the darker tides running behind the placid affability he presented to them.

Herbert Mestman led a sedentary life, a placid life, a life filled with the good things: Marlowe, Scarlatti, aquavit, Paul McCobb, Peter Van Bleeck, and Margaret.

Reasoning from a purely classical standpoint, we would expect this placid and flat image of space to persist all the way to arbitrarily small length scales.

I gave the boat a cleansing with baler and sponge, redded her up after a fashion, and finally moored her off with a shore-line, some twenty yards out on the placid water.

Her immovably placid features, her mournful look, betokened the renunciation of the flesh, and the abdication of all independence of thought.

Half a mile out, where is the reef, the white-headed combers thrust suddenly skyward out of the placid turquoise-blue and come rolling in to shore.

We saw the bedrooms, the dining-room, the drawing-room, the harps and the pianos--in fact, everything, and I decided that Sophie could not be better placid.

My dear coz, the placid Teutonic mind is impervious to anything so unphilosophical.

I have watched the bird plunge into the waves of the ocean, on the coast of Maine, to bring out a cunner almost too large for her to carry, and I have seen her drop into the placid waters of an Adirondack lake for lake-trout in the same manner.

In spite of their placid, dazed, beatific smiles and grimaces, they were a kind of curious sadness, in their weird, bright patterns of love-paint on the scrawn of flesh, in their protest bangles and their disaffiliated bells, crushing the flower blossoms in a dreamy imitation of adult acts that for them had all been bleached of any significance or purpose.

When the witch was off gathering firewood or fetching water, Yvaine would open up his cage and stroke him and talk to him, and, on several occasions, she sang to him, although she could not tell whether anything of Tristran remained in the dormouse, who stared up at her with placid, sleepy eyes, like droplets of black ink, and whose fur was softer than down.

Nay, something almost of exulation struggled through the placid expression of her features, as she cast her eyes up to Heaven, till modest gentleness veiled them again, and they were bent to earth.

Then came the sound of the third pop and the footsteps heading back down the hall as from the stereo speakers the gamelan orchestra played deliriously on, nothing pleasing or placid about that discordant noise now, its bronze vagaries conducting sense down fun house steps into the randomness of hell.

When misses Gatten, plump and placid, walked into the room with the papers in her work-worn hands, Emma practically pounced on her.

Schaine, Kelse, Elvo Glissam and Gerd Jemasze sat out on the dock, facing westward over the placid water.