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[kuh m-pohzd] /kəmˈpoʊzd/
calm; tranquil; serene:
His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.
Origin of composed
First recorded in 1475-85; compose + -ed2
Related forms
[kuh m-poh-zid-lee] /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
composedness, noun
uncomposed, adjective
well-composed, adjective
agitated, perturbed.
Synonym Study
See calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for composedly
Historical Examples
  • "In spite of all that, it may be true enough," returned the lawyer, composedly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • "If you will warrant the beer, I will warrant the throat," said John composedly.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “Then I can not imagine what cause for unhappiness you can have,” she said, composedly.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • “I beg your pardon; I was detained,” answered Courvoisier, composedly.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • “Well for you that I am, mein lieber,” said Helfen, composedly.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • "Make the sign of the cross, and swear it by all the Saints," said the merchant, composedly.

  • "I, señor," composedly answered the priest, who understood English.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • "I think I have already met Mr. Lestrange," she said composedly.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • "Well, Belarab has the job in hand," said Lingard, composedly.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • “There is nothing more to be done,” returned de Spain composedly.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for composedly


(of people) calm; tranquil; serene
Derived Forms
composedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ) adverb
composedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for composedly



"calm, tranquil," c.1600, past participle adjective frome compose (v.). Related: Composedly; composedness.

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