calm Definition

  • 1not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other strong emotions
  • 2not affected by strong emotions such as excitement or anger
  • 3a period of quiet or tranquility

Using calm: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "calm" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She remained calm even in the face of danger.

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    The sea was calm and peaceful.

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    He spoke in a calm voice.

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    I need to take a few deep breaths to calm down.

calm Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with calm

  • a quiet or peaceful period before a period of great activity or trouble


    The streets were deserted, giving the impression of the calm before the storm.

  • a motivational phrase encouraging people to remain composed and resilient in difficult situations


    When faced with a challenging task, she reminded herself to keep calm and carry on.

  • to become less agitated or upset


    Take a deep breath and try to calm down.

Origins of calm

from Middle English 'calme', from Old French 'calme', from Italian 'calma', from Late Latin 'cauma', from Greek 'kauma', meaning 'heat (of the day)'


Summary: calm in Brief

The term 'calm' [kɑːm] refers to a state of tranquility or composure, characterized by the absence of strong emotions. It can describe a person's demeanor, as in 'She remained calm even in the face of danger,' or a situation, as in 'The sea was calm and peaceful.' 'Calm' is often associated with phrases like 'calm before the storm,' which describes a period of peace before a period of trouble, and 'keep calm and carry on,' a motivational phrase encouraging resilience.

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