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composure

[kuh m-poh-zher]
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noun
  1. 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 formsnon·com·po·sure, noun

Synonyms

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equability, serenity, quiet, coolness, equanimity, self-possession.

Antonyms

agitation.
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Examples from the Web for composure

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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

composure

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

n.

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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