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[kuh m-pohzd] /kəmˈpoʊzd/
calm; tranquil; serene:
His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.
Origin of composed
First recorded in 1475-85; compose + -ed2
Related forms
[kuh m-poh-zid-lee] /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
composedness, noun
uncomposed, adjective
well-composed, adjective
agitated, perturbed.
Synonym Study
See calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-composed
Historical Examples
  • And if you cannot do it competently without, use a well-composed form.

  • I read through the long and well-composed letter, but as it bore marks of craft and dissimulation it made me laugh.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • There is really nothing finer and cleaner and more pleasing to the human eye than a well-composed newspaper, hot from the press.

  • Phdrus tells the fables in well-composed verses, but sometimes overdoes his love of brevity so as to be obscure.

    A History of Roman Literature

    Harold North Fowler
  • Some of these legends are really beautiful, interesting, and well-composed pieces of literature.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • (For he that may use an ill-composed Scripture form of his own gathering, may use a well-composed form of another's).

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • She was not at all of Montaigne's opinion that "incuriosity" is a soft and sound pillow to rest a well-composed head upon.

    Our House Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • A peevish, passionate heart is presently disturbed and kindled with those words which are scarce observed by a well-composed soul.

  • In a well-composed scientific manual, the proceeding is too obvious to be impressive.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
British Dictionary definitions for well-composed


(of people) calm; tranquil; serene
Derived Forms
composedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ) adverb
composedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-composed



"calm, tranquil," c.1600, past participle adjective frome compose (v.). Related: Composedly; composedness.

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