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equanimity

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noun equa·nim·i·ty \ˌē-kwə-ˈni-mə-tē, ˌe-kwə-\

Simple Definition of equanimity

  • : calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressure

Full Definition of equanimity

plural equa·nim·i·ties

  1. 1 :  evenness of mind especially under stress <nothing could disturb his equanimity>

  2. 2 :  right disposition :  balance <physical equanimity>

Examples of equanimity

  1. 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

  2. She's heading straight for us—he thought. … And his uneasiness grew by the recollection of the forty tons of dynamite in the body of the Ferndale; not the sort of cargo one thinks of with equanimity in connexion with a threatened collision. —Joseph Conrad, Chance, (1913) 1924

  3. <an Olympic diver who always displays remarkable equanimity on the platform>



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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