com·​po·​sure | \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər \

Definition of composure

: a calmness or repose especially of mind, bearing, or appearance : self-possession The witness started to break down, then paused and regained her composure.

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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

Examples of composure in a Sentence

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

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In victory and defeat, Washington maintained his stoical composure. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Two Contagious Behaviors of a Great Boss," 22 Sep. 2018 Its large 20-inch wheels were relaxed on most surfaces, but obstacles such as railroad crossings and potholes disrupted its composure. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2017 Dodge Charger," 12 Jan. 2018 But Luther's villain, Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), and Villanelle are two very, very different characters—Morgan's composure is in stark contrast to how unhinged Villanelle can be. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 Mike showed a lot of composure getting out of there. Matt Doherty,, "Brauninger has the right pitch for Beverly baseball," 20 Apr. 2018 Somehow Chrissy, who gave birth to her second child in May, kept her composure and responded with perfect shade and dignity. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Perfectly Handled an Emmys Body Shamer Who "Respectfully" Asked If She's Pregnant Again," 18 Sep. 2018 Viewers praised Osaka for her composure and humility during Saturday’s heated match. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things to Know About Naomi Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Champion," 10 Sep. 2018 Their composure no doubt comes from having been raised well and growing up around the couturier’s atelier. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 Calm prevails—the sort of composure that’s cultivated through a lifetime devoted to a greater cause. Forrest Pritchard, WSJ, "‘The New Farm’ and ‘Fruitful Labor’ Reviews: Betting the Farm on Organic," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of composure

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for composure

see compose

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The first known use of composure was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of composure

: calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance


com·​po·​sure | \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər \

Kids Definition of composure

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

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