[ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee, ek-wuh-]


mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.

Origin of equanimity

1600–10; < Latin aequanimitās, equivalent to aequ(us) even, plain, equal + anim(us) mind, spirit, feelings + -itās -ity

Synonyms for equanimity

Antonyms for equanimity

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Examples from the Web for equanimity

Contemporary Examples of equanimity

Historical Examples of equanimity

  • His equanimity was almost winsome, and I saw that friendliness was going to be his tactics.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • I tried to contemplate the death-struggle with equanimity, but could not.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • And many who have lived thus have attained to a lower kind of happiness or equanimity.

  • But by evening the Admiral's equanimity was not quite so perfect.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was in spirits indeed, for he had borne even this encounter with equanimity.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for equanimity



calmness of mind or temper; composure
Derived Formsequanimous (ɪˈkwænɪməs), adjectiveequanimously, adverb

Word Origin for equanimity

C17: from Latin aequanimitās, from aequus even, equal + animus mind, spirit
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Word Origin and History for equanimity

c.1600, "fairness, impartiality," from French équanimité, from Latin aequanimitatem (nominative aequanimitas) "evenness of mind, calmness," from aequus "even, level" (see equal (adj.)) + animus "mind, spirit" (see animus). Meaning "evenness of temper" in English is from 1610s.

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