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equanimity

[ ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee, ek-wuh- ]
/ ˌi kwəˈnɪm ɪ ti, ˌɛk wə- /
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noun

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

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Origin of equanimity

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

Equanimity is a quality of emotional stability and composure, particularly in times of high stress.

The word equanimity is often associated with spiritual and religious practices, especially the goals of Buddhism.

The adjective form of equanimity is equanimous, which is used to describe someone or something that has such a quality.

Example: It can be difficult for students to maintain equanimity during final exams, so we encourage them to manage their stress in healthy ways.

Where does equanimity come from?

The first records of the word equanimity in English come from the early 1600s. It comes from the Latin aequanimitās, which is a combination of aequ(us), meaning “even,” “plain,” and “equal,” and anim(us), meaning “mind,” “spirit,” and “feelings.”

The word equanimity has been used in religions and philosophical practices to refer to a state of mind that people should strive for—essentially a state of calm and tranquility. Equanimity is often listed as one of Buddhism’s four “sublime states of mind,” and is equivalent to a sense of peace. It can also be used in general and secular ways. A simpler synonym is calmness.

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Which of the following is an antonym (opposite) of equanimity?

A. calmness
B. placidity
C. balance
D. agitation

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British Dictionary definitions for equanimity

equanimity
/ (ˌiːkwəˈnɪmɪtɪ, ˌɛkwə-) /

noun

calmness of mind or temper; composure

Derived forms of equanimity

equanimous (ɪˈkwænɪməs), adjectiveequanimously, adverb

Word Origin for equanimity

C17: from Latin aequanimitās, from aequus even, equal + animus mind, spirit
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