equanimity


equa·nim·i·ty

noun \ˌē-kwə-ˈni-mə-tē, ˌe-kwə-\

: calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressure

plural equa·nim·i·ties

Full Definition of EQUANIMITY

1
:  evenness of mind especially under stress <nothing could disturb his equanimity>
2
:  right disposition :  balance <physical equanimity>

Examples of EQUANIMITY

  1. <an Olympic diver who always displays remarkable equanimity on the platform>
  2. Those who are doomed to become artists are seldom blessed with equanimity. They are tossed to drunken heights, only to be brought down into a sludge of headachy despair; their arrogance gives way to humiliation at the next curve of the switchback. —Patrick White, Flaws in the Glass, (1981) 1983

Origin of EQUANIMITY

Latin aequanimitas, from aequo animo with even mind
First Known Use: circa 1616

Synonym Discussion of EQUANIMITY

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>.

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