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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sedateness a trait of dignified seriousness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sedateness The state or quality of being sedate; calmness of mind, manner, or countenance; composure; placidity; serenity; tranquillity: as, sedateness of temper; sedateness of countenance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sedateness composure: tranquillity
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  • Adam Smith
    “The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.”
  • Horace
    “Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sedāre, -ātum, to seat, akin to sedēre, to sit.


In literature:

Pondering, in its suggestive presence, I seemed to see a crazy universe of swinging disks, the toiling children of this sedate parent.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 3 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A night like to-night is surely sedative enough.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Moreover, not a thrill of life stirred her tight-fitting bodice; she was all massiveness and all sedateness.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
Greyhound, by the light of which a middle-aged seaman of sedate appearance sat crocheting an antimacassar.
"Many Cargoes" by W.W. Jacobs
And, so, the next day, Major Hawke sedately descended at Delhi.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
I've tried hard to be sedate and grave and collected and reticent and slow-spoken, and all the rest of it.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
The sick man was sleeping from the effects of a sedative draught.
"Mrs. Falchion, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Next morning, the remembrance of the pleasant smiting roused him to an outwardly sedate and inwardly vainglorious courage.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Let us begin then, with the first, and, as it happens, the oldest and most sedate one.
"Old Mission Stories of California" by Charles Franklin Carter
The descriptions of the barbaric state of Western America possessed an indescribable fascination for the sedate Europeans.
"Mark Twain" by Archibald Henderson
A sedate, quiet young miss should not choose a Folly Costume.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
You know better than I do whether love is usually a sedative.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
He was a grown man, neither wise nor clever; but with a man's sedateness of spirit and a man's hopes.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
She was quite a sedate young lady by the time she joined them at the well, and Tommy was the first to feel the change.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
The sport was infectious, and soon fat old Castleman was puffing like a tired porpoise, and sedate old Karl de Pitti was in the chase.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
But the result was stimulating rather than sedative.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Mine is a country of beautiful thoughts, of beautiful places, of quiet-living and sedate people.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
You should see how well-behaved and sedate, too, they are.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
He at once blistered a hole in each side of my knee, and applied sedatives.
"Fifteen Years in Hell" by Luther Benson
For, out of a corner, comes the great brown rat, gliding sedately, and never so much as asking by your leave or with your leave.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 23, 1891" by Various

In poetry:

Sedate and proud old cities,—
Loved well enough by me,
Then how should I be yearning
To scour the earth and sea.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
You can't come too early, you can't stay too late,
You can't be a blossom too many,
My pansies so brilliant, my pansies sedate —
To think you were bought for a penny!
"Pansy Song" by John Joy Bell
My poplars are like ladies trim,
Each conscious of her own estate;
In costume somewhat over prim,
In manner cordially sedate,
Like two old neighbours met to chat
Beside my garden gate.
"The Poplars" by Theodosia Garrison
Another drinks and casts it up,
And drinks and wants another cup,
Solemn, silent, and sedate,
Ever long and ever late,
Full of meats and full of wine;
This takes his temper from the swine.
"Bacchus: Or, The Vines Of Lesbos" by Thomas Parnell
and then they placed me, tied me up on their plate,
and wheeled me out to their coffin, my nest.
Slowly the siren slowly the hearse, sedate
as a dowager. At the E. W. they cut off my dress.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
Her hands tight-clasped her bent knees hold
Like long grass drooping on the wold
Her sightless head is bending;
She sits all ears, and drinks her fill,
Then rising goes, sedate and still,
On silent white feet wending.
"The Wakeful Sleeper" by George MacDonald

In news:

This is supposed to be rivalry week, but it feels like the post-turkey tryptophan sedation has set in already.
A paramedic testifies Dr Murray told about sedative, but not propofol.
Colonoscopies without sedation are common in Europe and Asia.
Klein says it was only given "on occasion" to sedate him.
A sedated bear in Santa Fe, N.M.
Doctors used alcohol to kill pain and to sedate patients.
Indeed, commission hearings were rarely sedate affairs.
An investigation by the Associated Press has found that a powerful psychiatric drug is increasingly being prescribed as a sedative for soldiers and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Last year's excellent and sedately funky folk-rock trove, Poor Moon, saw a CD reissue via the venerable imprint Tompkins Square.
The patient may also be sedated.
A 90-year-old Marin County man recovering after being wounded during a shootout with an intruder is having trouble breathing and is heavily sedated.
This year is bringing a more sedate performance from the Leonids, which are active from Nov 7 through 28.
If anything they needed sedatives.
Doctors sometimes joke that when children have surgery, their parents may need sedatives, too.
But that sedate façade belies the unique and colorful activity inside.