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From Middle French ataraxie, from Ancient Greek ἀταραξία (ataraxía, impassiveness), from ἀ- (a-, not) + ταράσσω (tarássō, I disturb).



ataraxy (uncountable)

  1. Freedom from mental disturbance; imperturbability, dogged indifference.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, The Essayes, [], printed at London: [] Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      , II.12:
      When the Pyrrhonians say, that ataraxy is the chiefe felicitie, which is the immobilitie of judgement, their meaning is not to speake it affirmatively [].
    • 1973, Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise:
      There was no longer any need for fortitude: he felt nothing at present and there was no point in artificial ataraxy.
    • 1993, Will Self, My Idea Of Fun:
      I was nonplussed, I stared at my teacher, never before had his swollen face seemed so replete with indifference, stone ataraxy.