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Definition: not disturbed

Pronunciation: at-a-RAC-tic

Synonyms: calmly, peacefully


The Greek tarassein, meaning to disturb and confuse, was added the privative prefix a to form the Greek ataraxia meaning impassiveness. While ataraxia is indeed an English noun meaning calmness and impassivity, ataractic is the related adjective.

Why this word?

Because some days are everything and anything but ataractic, which really makes me dream about and beg for some relieving ataraxia. So this is indeed one of those days, but it’s not the main reason to why this word.

Take a look at the sentence above- each and every time you’d get a chance to use the words ataractic and ataraxia in the same sentence- you’re promised to leave your conversation friends in total awe. It just sounds so good and so sophisticated together!

Each time a “calm” synonym cross my view, I understand the extent to which we need relaxing words. From the top of my head I can think of over 20 words representing nervousness and agitation (adgy, jittery, fussy, annoyed, irritant, timid and.. so many others). How many ‘calm’ synonyms do we have? Even the dictionaries come up with a maximum of 10 to 15, half of those obsolete.

This is why.

The more calm synonyms we’ll have- the more ataractic we’ll be the more ataraxia we’ll spread.

Be a friend- help spread the word!

How to use the word ataractic in a sentence?

“Inhaling the fresh dew on newly grown grass while lying under the blue skies, overwhelmed with morning rays of sun, she felt ataractic as never before; at that moment the only thing she could hope for is to stay exactly like that for as long as possible”.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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