Meaning of ataraxy in English:


(also ataraxia)

Pronunciation /ˈatəraksi/


mass nounliterary
  • A state of serene calmness.

    ‘The stated goal of Epicureanism is ataraxia, or tranquility of mind.’
    • ‘They urged instead the cultivation of what they called ataraxia, the complete suspension of belief and consequently of all emotional involvement with anything.’
    • ‘The ideal is ataraxia, freedom from disturbance.’
    • ‘Instead of finding yourself in a state of stoic ataraxia you might find yourself catatonic or enraged beyond the point of recovery.’
    • ‘My emphasis on teaching ataraxia is conducive, I hope, toward that end.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is there that actual emotional maturity, rather than the ataraxia brought on by compliance, might be measured.’
    self-control, self-possession, self-command, calmness, equanimity, equilibrium, calm, coolness, collectedness, serenity, tranquillity


Early 17th century from French ataraxie, from Greek ataraxia ‘impassiveness’, from a- ‘not’ + tarassein ‘disturb’.