One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.‘an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city’
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- ‘He was a man who exuded serenity and tranquility, a man at peace with himself, with God and with the world.’
- ‘The lighted candles and dim red light of the sanctuary give a feeling of intense serenity.’
- ‘I was filled with an eerie calm, the same serenity that had settled over me when Joseph died.’
- ‘The sculpture, by contrast, displays a deep sense of calm and serenity.’
- ‘Where once architecture could be an emblem of serenity, it has now become an instrument of business.’
- ‘Her advice was often comfort and solace in itself and her ways were the ways of goodness and serenity.’
- ‘He was an inspiration to his colleagues and radiated peace, calm and serenity.’
- ‘Time stops, serenity is shattered and the aftermath is a bruising period of shock and guilt.’
- ‘Help them to do this as they need serenity and peace of mind while they are recuperating.’
- ‘Some rooms emanate an air of serenity, while others feel lively and vivacious.’
- ‘Her works are a celebration of beauty and serenity and come without the burden of hidden messages.’
- ‘She had been ill for some time and bore her cross with dignity and serenity.’
- ‘She was in great and growing pain, but the calm - the serenity - was always there.’
- ‘The serenity is broken only by the sound of water gushing down the mountain slope.’
- ‘They have the same quiet serenity which I have observed time and again over the past few days.’
- ‘The penalty for her treachery was to suffer this torment every waking moment, denying her the calm serenity she craved.’
- ‘Leaders bear the present difficulties with calm and serenity because of their faith in the vision.’
- ‘One week of peace and serenity goes a long way in making up for the other fifty-one.’
- ‘A weekend break here, amid such beauty and serenity, will revive flagging city spirits.’
- ‘Mary lived a fine long life in the peace and serenity of her native village.’
- 1.1His/Your", etc., "Serenity A title given to a reigning prince or similar dignitary.
- ‘Doesn't it seem to you that His Serenity has been looking washed-out lately?’
Late Middle English: from Old French serenite, from Latin serenitas, from serenus ‘clear, fair’ (see serene).
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