One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A state of serene calmness.
self-control, self-possession, self-command, calmness, equanimity, equilibrium, calm, coolness, collectedness, serenity, tranquillityView synonyms
- ‘They urged instead the cultivation of what they called ataraxia, the complete suspension of belief and consequently of all emotional involvement with anything.’
- ‘My emphasis on teaching ataraxia is conducive, I hope, toward that end.’
- ‘Perhaps it is there that actual emotional maturity, rather than the ataraxia brought on by compliance, might be measured.’
- ‘Instead of finding yourself in a state of stoic ataraxia you might find yourself catatonic or enraged beyond the point of recovery.’
- ‘The ideal is ataraxia, freedom from disturbance.’
- ‘The stated goal of Epicureanism is ataraxia, or tranquility of mind.’
Early 17th century: from French ataraxie, from Greek ataraxia ‘impassiveness’, from a- ‘not’ + tarassein ‘disturb’.
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