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  1. calm; tranquil; serene: His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.
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Origin of composed

First recorded in 1475–85; compose + -ed2
Related formscom·pos·ed·ly [kuhm-poh-zid-lee] /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbcom·pos·ed·ness, nounun·com·posed, adjectivewell-com·posed, adjective

Synonym study

See calm.

Antonyms for composed

agitated, perturbed.
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Examples from the Web for composedly

Historical Examples of composedly

  • "In spite of all that, it may be true enough," returned the lawyer, composedly.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "If you will warrant the beer, I will warrant the throat," said John composedly.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • “Then I can not imagine what cause for unhappiness you can have,” she said, composedly.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • “I beg your pardon; I was detained,” answered Courvoisier, composedly.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • “Well for you that I am, mein lieber,” said Helfen, composedly.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for composedly


  1. (of people) calm; tranquil; serene
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Derived Formscomposedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverbcomposedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for composedly



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

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