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definition of the word ataraxy

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From French ataraxie < Ancient Greek ἀταραξία (ataraxia) "impassiveness < from ἀ- (a-) "not" + ταράσσω (tarassō) "I disturb".


  1. imperturbability, dogged indifference
    • 1973: There was no longer any need for fortitude: he felt nothing at present and there was no point in artificial ataraxy. (O'Brian, HMS Surprise)
    • 1993: I was nonplussed, I stared at my teacher, never before had his swollen face seemed so replete with indifference, stone ataraxy. (Self, My Idea Of Fun)
  2. A state of extreme calm
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