com·​po·​sure | \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər How to pronounce composure (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web With the fans screaming for more favorable calls from the officials, in particular those involving George, the Clippers kept their composure and made enough shots on their way to a 54.8 field goal percentage. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 29 June 2021 Trailing by two goals in the second period of an elimination game, the New York Islanders kept their composure. Vin A. Cherwoo, ajc, 24 June 2021 The 17-year-old Ganne was a crowd favorite at the course and kept her composure early with a couple of early par saves and birdies on the fifth and ninth holes to get within a shot of the lead at 5 under. Josh Dubow,, 6 June 2021 But El Camino, the Division II champion back in 2016 after losing the same division finals to Valhalla in 2015, regained its composure long enough for a 5-1 surge to victory. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 Keeping his composure, Goodman draws the mob away from that escape route to where reinforcements are waiting. New York Times, 30 June 2021 His composure and passing ability has been highlighted in a number of recent matches, even coming close to finding the back of the net in the 3-0 win over Burnley on Wednesday. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 21 May 2021 As the video was viewed by the jury, a woman, appearing to be one of the victim’s relatives, stepped outside the courtroom to regain her composure. Meredith Colias-pete,, 18 May 2021 The judge called for a 10-minute break to allow McMillian to regain his composure. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Composure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of composure

: calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance


com·​po·​sure | \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər How to pronounce composure (audio) \

Kids Definition of composure

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

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