• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sedate characterized by dignity and propriety
    • adj sedate dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises "a grave God-fearing man","a quiet sedate nature","as sober as a judge","a solemn promise","the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
    • v sedate cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to "The patient must be sedated before the operation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sedate Undisturbed by passion or caprice; calm; tranquil; serene; not passionate or giddy; composed; staid; as, a sedate soul, mind, or temper. "Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate truth.""Whatsoever we feel and know
      Too sedate for outward show."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sedate Quiet; composed; placid; serene; serious; undisturbed by passion: as, a sedate temper or deportment.
    • sedate Synonyms Imperturbable, serious, staid.
    • sedate To calm; compose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sedate sē-dāt′ quiet: serene: serious
    • n Sedate a medicine that allays irritation or pain
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sedatus, p. p. of sedare, sedatum, to allay, calm, causative of sedere, to sit. See Sit


In literature:

I love to hear you talk, when you are so sedate as you seem now to be.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
John Effingham's curved face was sedate and composed, while the females were too much impressed to exhibit any levity.
"Homeward Bound" by James Fenimore Cooper
We grew sedate; sedate were the brows of the few strangers we met.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
The sight of her walking sedately along in her shop-girl's black dress had been enough to set his pulses racing.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He speaks with emphasis, on these occasions, and then reverts, more sedately than ever, to his accustomed silence.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
Well, Bumsteadville is just the place to furnish a nice, dry, inoffensive domestic novel in the sedative vein.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 18, July 30, 1870" by Various
The lady tripped on to the next claim with a sedate "Good-night" to the men on No.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
With the baron, John was more sedate than ordinary; with John, Chatterton found unusual animation.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
Its internal arrangements are equally sedate, condensed, and snug.
"Our Churches and Chapels" by Atticus
He was a pale-faced young man, with sparkling eyes, sedate and earnest beyond his years.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord

In poetry:

Sedate, and steady as before,
He saw the beast appear,
And o'er his head, with hideous roar,
His great proboscis rear.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
The clustered, wax-bespattered flowers
On massive trees, sedate and old,
Lit up by raindrops, burn and sparkle
Above the mansion they enfold.
"The Linden Avenue" by Boris Pasternak
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
Who lights the fire—that forth so gracefully
And freely frolicketh the fairy smoke?
Some pretty one who never felt the yoke—
Glad girl, or maiden more sedate than she.
"Who Lights The Fire?" by George MacDonald
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

In news:

Belous offers oral sedation to fearful patients.
How romance in the sedate corridors of a corporate law firm changed everything for the woman who might become the country's first African American first lady.
Artisans tout benefits of keeping a sedate pace.
A Hootenanny, but a Sedate One, at Carnegie Hall.
This process can cause some discomfort, in which case being sedated is beneficial.
"Patients are comfortable, they are sedated , and then they wake up and it's done.".
"When patients are sedated , I can get a lot more done in one visit," he says.
My only guess is to have her sedated and then groomed.
Not everyone is a candidate for sedation .
Kenneth Kromash prepares to sedate Valerie Carlson, of Chicago, for a procedure at Great Chicago Smiles.
Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' is under sedation .
Gallagher's promotional manager, Christine Scherrer, said Friday that the 65-year-old is being slowly taken out of sedation .
He could stop performing the procedure, or he could start offering it without sedatives .
"Right now we're waiting for the sedation to wear off, for him to fully wake up," the son said Saturday morning.
Kashmir (live) by Led Zeppelin Altrok: Dreamers by Savoir Adore BSR: Said The People by Dinosaur Jr FMFlashback: I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones.