[ ih-kwan-uh-muhs ]
/ ɪˈkwæn ə məs /
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having or showing equanimity; even-tempered: It was difficult to remain equanimous in the face of such impertinence.
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Origin of equanimous

1645–55; <Latin aequanim(us) (see equanimity) + -ous


e·quan·i·mous·ly, adverbe·quan·i·mous·ness, noun
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What does equanimous mean?

Equanimous means having emotional stability and composure, particularly in times of high stress.

Equanimous is the adjective form of the noun equanimity (calmness). The quality of being equanimous is often associated with spiritual and religious practices, especially the goals of Buddhism.

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

Where does equanimous come from?

Equanimous comes from the Latin aequanim(us). It is a combination of aequus, meaning “equal,” and animus, meaning “mind.” Equanimous is first recorded in English in the mid-1600s.

The word equanimous has been used in religions and philosophical practices to describe a state of mind that people should strive for—essentially a state of calm and tranquility. In Buddhism and some other spiritual practices, one who is equanimous is said to have found a sense of peace (the noun form equanimity is often listed as one of Buddhism’s four “sublime states of mind”). Although equanimous is the adjective form of equanimity, it is typically used much more narrowly and much less commonly.

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How is equanimous used in real life?

Followers of some religions and philosophies strive to achieve an equanimous state of mind.



Try using equanimous!

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

A. calm
B. placid
C. well-balanced
D. agitated

How to use equanimous in a sentence

  • Since I tend to do the traditional thing where I get depressed after a crappy race, I wondered how some people could be so equanimous after a bad day.

  • Even the calmest, most equanimous people benefit from at least occasional periods of excitement.

    Why You Feel So Tired All the Time|Brad Stulberg|September 20, 2021|Time
  • Equanimity would be distinct from magnanimity; Sokrates and Lysander would not properly be magnanimous but equanimous.

    Aristotle|George Grote
  • Such a speech as this from her equanimous cousin was literally without precedent.