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1‘her voice was steady and she seemed very calm’
serene, tranquil, relaxed, unruffled, unperturbed, unflustered, undisturbed, unagitated, unmoved, unbothered, untroubled
equable, even-tempered, imperturbable, quiet, steady
placid, peaceful, sedate, unexcitable, impassive, dispassionate, unemotional, phlegmatic, stolid
composed, cool, collected, cool, calm, and collected, as cool as a cucumber, cool-headed, self-possessed, controlled, self-controlled, poised
informal unflappable, unfazed, together, laid-back, chilled
excited, upset, nervous
2‘the night was clear and calm’
windless, still, tranquil, quiet, serene, peaceful, pacific, undisturbed, restful, balmy, halcyon
3‘the calm waters of the lake’
tranquil, still, like a millpond, smooth, glassy, flat, motionless, waveless, unagitated, storm-free
1‘in the centre of the storm, calm prevailed’
tranquillity, stillness, calmness, quiet, quietness, quietude, peace, peacefulness, serenity, silence, hush
2‘his usual calm deserted him’
composure, coolness, calmness, self-possession, sangfroid, presence of mind, poise, aplomb, self-control
serenity, tranquillity, equanimity, imperturbability, equability, placidness, placidity, impassiveness, impassivity, dispassion, phlegm, stolidity
informal cool, unflappability
rare ataraxy, ataraxia
1‘I took him inside and tried to calm him down’
soothe, pacify, placate, mollify, appease, conciliate
hush, lull, gentle, tranquillize
quell, allay, alleviate, assuage
Australian square off
2‘she took a deep breath and forced herself to calm down’
compose oneself, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, control oneself, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, pull oneself together, keep one's head, simmer down, cool down, cool off, take it easy
British quieten down
informal get a grip, keep one's cool, play it cool, keep one's shirt on, wind down, come back down to earth
North American informal chill out, hang loose, stay loose, decompress
lose one's temper
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