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[kuh m-poh-zher] /kəmˈpoʊ ʒər/
serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity:
Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure.
Origin of composure
First recorded in 1590-1600; compose + -ure
Related forms
noncomposure, noun
equability, serenity, quiet, coolness, equanimity, self-possession.
agitation. Unabridged
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  • Had the encounter been anticipated his composure would perhaps have failed him.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I remembered the object of my visit, and struggled for composure.

  • I will now favor the company with a song of my own composure.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • There was no lessening of the bride's composure as she replied, with a little shrug.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • That day she embroidered with her usual application and composure.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for composure


calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity
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Word Origin and History for composure

c.1600, "composition" (also, in early use, with many senses now given to compound), from compose + -ure. Sense of "tranquility, calmness" is first recorded 1660s, from composed "calm" (1620s). For sense, cf. colloquial to fall apart "to lose one's composure."

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