One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘on the surface I might have seemed serene, but underneath I was panicking’
calm, composed, collected, cool, calm, and collected, as cool as a cucumber, tranquil, peaceful, at peace, pacific, untroubled, relaxed, at ease, poised, self-possessed, unperturbed, imperturbable, undisturbed, unruffled, unworried, unexcitable, placid, equable, even-tempered
North American centered
informal together, unflappable, chilled
North American informal nonplussed
anxious, nervous, agitated
2‘Trentino is a labyrinth of deep valleys and serene lakes’
peaceful, tranquil, quiet, still, restful, relaxing, soothing, undisturbed, untroubled
3‘the serene western sky’
cloudless, unclouded, clear, bright, sunny
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