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composure

noun com·po·sure \kəm-ˈpō-zhər\

: calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance

Full Definition of COMPOSURE

:  a calmness or repose especially of mind, bearing, or appearance :  self-possession

Examples of COMPOSURE

  1. After the initial shock she regained her composure.
  2. <kept his composure in spite of the repeated provocations>

First Known Use of COMPOSURE

1647

Synonym Discussion of COMPOSURE

equanimity, composure, sangfroid mean evenness of mind under stress. equanimity suggests a habit of mind that is only rarely disturbed under great strain <accepted her troubles with equanimity>. composure implies the controlling of emotional or mental agitation by an effort of will or as a matter of habit <maintaining his composure even under hostile questioning>. sangfroid implies great coolness and steadiness under strain <handled the situation with professional sangfroid>.
COMPOSURE Defined for Kids

composure

noun com·po·sure \kəm-ˈpō-zhər\

Definition of COMPOSURE for Kids

:  calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance <Throughout the crisis he managed to maintain his composure.>

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