[self-puh-zesh-uh n, self-]
- the quality of being self-possessed; control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composure; poise.
Origin of self-possession
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for self-possession
Our shock is not from indecency, but from the absence of self-possession, the ultimate bourgeois possession.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
For Ann Romney, let self-possession begin with something in a nice, bracing solid.Ann Romney’s Political Style on Mitt Romney’s Republican Campaign by Robin Givhan
August 27, 2012
British-born, he had a level of self-possession that seemed virtually Bond-like in the urbanity vacuum of CBS prime time.A Kiss Goodbye to Richard Dawson
June 4, 2012
One can only hope he will accept his accolades with the grace and self-possession he has now.Little Mr. Sunshine
April 3, 2009
At last, Gilder was restored in a measure to his self-possession.Within the Law
In that moment of surprise, the self-possession of Heyward did not desert him.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
He had kept his hat on, and took it off to recover his self-possession.My Double Life
When I think of it, I marvel yet that I did not lose my self-possession altogether.
By this time Mr Coningham had apparently recovered his self-possession.
Word Origin and History for self-possession
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