composure

[ kuhm-poh-zher ]
/ kəmˈpoʊ ʒər /

noun

serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity: Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure.

Nearby words

  1. compost,
  2. compostable,
  3. compostela,
  4. compostela, santiago de,
  5. composting toilet,
  6. compotation,
  7. compotator,
  8. compote,
  9. compotier,
  10. compound

Origin of composure

First recorded in 1590–1600; compose + -ure

Related formsnon·com·po·sure, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for composure

composure

/ (kəmˈpəʊʒə) /

noun

calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity
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Word Origin and History for composure

composure

n.

c.1600, "composition" (also, in early use, with many senses now given to compound), from compose + -ure. Sense of "tranquility, calmness" is first recorded 1660s, from composed "calm" (1620s). For sense, cf. colloquial to fall apart "to lose one's composure."

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