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  1. calm; tranquil; serene: His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.
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Origin of composed

First recorded in 1475–85; compose + -ed2
Related formscom·pos·ed·ly [kuhm-poh-zid-lee] /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbcom·pos·ed·ness, nounun·com·posed, adjectivewell-com·posed, adjective

Synonym study

See calm.


agitated, perturbed.
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Examples from the Web for well-composed

Historical Examples

  • And if you cannot do it competently without, use a well-composed form.

    A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)

    Richard Baxter

  • I read through the long and well-composed letter, but as it bore marks of craft and dissimulation it made me laugh.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • There is really nothing finer and cleaner and more pleasing to the human eye than a well-composed newspaper, hot from the press.

  • Phdrus tells the fables in well-composed verses, but sometimes overdoes his love of brevity so as to be obscure.

  • Some of these legends are really beautiful, interesting, and well-composed pieces of literature.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama

    Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet

British Dictionary definitions for well-composed


  1. (of people) calm; tranquil; serene
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Derived Formscomposedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverbcomposedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-composed



"calm, tranquil," c.1600, past participle adjective frome compose (v.). Related: Composedly; composedness.

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