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 Martinez maintained his composure throughout the summer, even helping out with fire management when the Lionshead Fire and other wildfires tore across the reservation. Michael Kohn, oregonlive, "As he fought to protect tribal members, COVID-19 brought unimaginable loss for Warm Springs leader," 7 Feb. 2021 The Wave has lost its composure at times during early-season jawing matches, with junior Jordan Walker and freshman Jadan Coleman drawing technical fouls. G Smith,, "No space required: Tulane guard Gabe Watson a master of tough shots," 21 Dec. 2020 Remain optimistic and accept whatever comes your way with composure. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 26, 2021: Aries, make intentions crystal clear; Scorpio, fine-tune your beliefs," 26 Jan. 2021 Seeing his composure, while under such intense pressure, only heightens his accomplishments. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "'MLK/FBI' probes when bureau bugged Martin Luther King Jr.," 14 Jan. 2021 Racking up hundreds of miles on I-75 to and from a campground in Michigan's Upper Peninsula gave us time to appreciate the hybrid Highlander's composure at speed. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Is a Three-Row Prius," 30 Oct. 2020 Somehow, Burgess managed the composure to record the close encounter using his cellphone. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Sightings of mountain lions are rare," 16 Jan. 2021 The game show host had to walk around the Celebrity Family Feud stage to regain his composure. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "See Steve Harvey Lose It When Ray Romano Slammed Brad Garrett on 'Celebrity Family Feud'," 3 Oct. 2020 Of course, its SH-AWD system, and the A-Spec’s 19-inch wheels, provide an extra measure performance and composure, and the piece of mind of knowing all four wheels are working to deliver power and maintain grip. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Is Acura’s 2021 TLX good enough to be Legend-worthy? (review)," 2 Jan. 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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17 Feb 2021

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“Composure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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