March 27, 2016
tranquil (adjective)
\TRANG-kwil\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: free from disturbance or turmoil : quiet
How do you use it?
"The road that led to Treegap had been trod out long before by a herd of cows who were to say the least, relaxed . . . It widened and seemed to pause, suggesting tranquil bovine picnics: slow chewing and thoughtful contemplation of the infinite." (Natalie Babbitt, _Tuck Everlasting_)
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Let us set your mind at ease. "Serene" and "tranquil," along with "calm," "placid," and "peaceful," mean quiet and free from disturbance. "Tranquil" suggests a very quiet and restive state, as in "the still water of the tranquil lake." "Serene" adds to "tranquil" a sense of contented happiness, as in "a serene smile." "Calm" often implies a contrast with a state of disturbance or upset, as in "was calm and relaxed during the presentation." "Placid" suggests an undisturbed appearance, as in "remained placid despite the criticism." "Peaceful" suggests a lack of trouble or commotion, as in "a peaceful day at the park."
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