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[self-kuh m-pohzd, self-] /ˈsɛlf kəmˈpoʊzd, ˌsɛlf-/
being or appearing to be composed; calm.
Origin of self-composed
First recorded in 1930-35
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[self-kuh m-poh-zid-lee, self-] /ˈsɛlf kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
self-composedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was a shadow of impatience on his face, but it was instantly dissipated by Maggie's self-composed, direct-eyed beauty.

  • During the weeks Shorty had known him in camp he had never seen him show anything but a perfectly cold and self-composed face.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • He spoke as self-composed as though puttin through a beef-dicker, and no reply was made for several seconds.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • The was a smile on his lips, a regular satisfied, self-composed smile, but I didnt just like the look in his eyes.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • The minute he had any part to take in the proceedings of the House, he was just as alert, cheerful, self-composed as ever.

  • As a rule, prisoners are nervous and sometimes tremble when taken into court: but judges are proverbially calm and self-composed.

  • Lady Mary Lambart came last night—a simple, self-composed girl, with a pale face and golden hair.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare

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