- mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
Origin of equanimity
1600–10; < Latin aequanimitās, equivalent to aequ(us) even, plain, equal + anim(us) mind, spirit, feelings + -itās -ity
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serenity, self-possession, aplomb.
panic, disquiet, discomposure, agitation.
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Examples from the Web for equanimity
The war has seen 100,000 deaths; it is not to the credit of journalists that we can write such words and keep our equanimity.Kerry: Sending a Message to Whom?
August 30, 2013
They accept with equanimity the true horror of aging alone, sundered from family and community.No Country for Old People: ‘Kings Point’ Exposes the Hidden Elder Crisis
Donald A. Davidoff
February 16, 2013
Garland added with an equanimity that comes with age that there are good and bad in every profession.Alleged Nanny Killing, ‘Cannibal Cop,’ Present a New York Gone Mad
October 26, 2012
When his mistress read of the impending marriage in a newspaper, she accepted her fate with equanimity.Oral History: The Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
July 10, 2012
He parried every question and implication that Wallace threw at him with equanimity, humility, politeness, and even humor.Was Mike Wallace’s Toughest Interview a 12-Year-Old Kid?
April 14, 2012
His equanimity was almost winsome, and I saw that friendliness was going to be his tactics.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
I tried to contemplate the death-struggle with equanimity, but could not.Wilfrid Cumbermede
And many who have lived thus have attained to a lower kind of happiness or equanimity.Theaetetus
But by evening the Admiral's equanimity was not quite so perfect.Captain Blood
He was in spirits indeed, for he had borne even this encounter with equanimity.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- calmness of mind or temper; composure
C17: from Latin aequanimitās, from aequus even, equal + animus mind, spirit
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Word Origin and History for equanimity
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