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Origin of equanimity
Words nearby equanimity
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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What are some other forms of equanimity?
- equanimous (adjective)
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How is equanimity used in real life?
Followers of some religions and philosophies strive to achieve equanimity.
A person living in the company of those who have a vision of oneness acquires the quality of equanimity.
— Swami Avdheshanand (@AvdheshanandG) April 19, 2015
Muditā (Empathetic joy)
Today & every day, let's uphold these 4 immeasurables of Buddhism, also represented in the #SriLankan flag by the 4 Bodhi leaves. @UN RC @SingerHanaa #VesakDay message https://t.co/iJQOKd5GpJ pic.twitter.com/aLMa4hPpNd
— UN in Sri Lanka (@UNSriLanka) May 18, 2019
In this @MindfulOnline article, we are reminded that our mindfulness practice can allow us to stop, listen, and hold present #conversations so that, “we may embody equanimity in the face of difficulty.” https://t.co/T6wF8Gp857
— Harvard Center for Health and Happiness (@HarvardCenterHH) June 12, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for equanimity
Your wife became disturbed by your equanimity, mistaking your composure for lack of sentiment.
The war has seen 100,000 deaths; it is not to the credit of journalists that we can write such words and keep our equanimity.
They accept with equanimity the true horror of aging alone, sundered from family and community.No Country for Old People: ‘Kings Point’ Exposes the Hidden Elder Crisis|Donald A. Davidoff|February 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Garland added with an equanimity that comes with age that there are good and bad in every profession.Alleged Nanny Killing, ‘Cannibal Cop,’ Present a New York Gone Mad|Michael Daly|October 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When his mistress read of the impending marriage in a newspaper, she accepted her fate with equanimity.Oral History: The Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England|Tom Sykes|July 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He parried every question and implication that Wallace threw at him with equanimity, humility, politeness, and even humor.Was Mike Wallace’s Toughest Interview a 12-Year-Old Kid?|Catie Lazarus|April 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He regarded him as a follower of the evil one, and could not hear his name mentioned with equanimity.
But Mayo looked forward to his meeting with Polly Candage without feeling that equanimity which the father had inspired.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
Horace Greeley could wear a linen duster with grace and equanimity.The Man Who Pleases and the Woman Who Charms|John A. Cone
Frank Kennedy was not a man to stand this unexpected miscarriage of his eloquence with equanimity.The Young Fur Traders|R.M. Ballantyne
His adherents began to tremble; and he himself had occasion for all his art and equanimity.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett