composure

noun com·po·sure \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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.

Examples of composure in a Sentence

  1. After the initial shock she regained her composure.

  2. kept his composure in spite of the repeated provocations

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Origin and Etymology of composure

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 English Language Learners

composure

noun

Definition of composure for English Language Learners

  • : calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance


COMPOSURE Defined for Kids

composure

noun com·po·sure \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər \

Definition of composure for Students

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


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