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 Her Majesty rode Burmese for 18 years at Trooping the Color, including the 1981 incident during which a spectator shot six blanks toward the queen, who maintained her composure while still riding her horse, per the reports. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 The arrival of a ball-of-fire new recruit, Nawi (played, wonderfully, by Thuso Mbedu, of The Underground Railroad), rattles her composure further. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 16 Sep. 2022 Fields has emphasized the importance of his composure for the entire group. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 The pitch was well below the strike zone and Bogaerts fired his bat to the ground, abandoning his usual composure. Peter Abraham,, 19 Aug. 2022 Manuel Locatelli especially was guilty of this before gradually regaining his composure. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 And maybe most encouraging for the Indiana, relatively speaking for a team that hasn't won in almost seven weeks, is that the Fever maintained its collective composure throughout the contest. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Aug. 2022 Under the steady composure, the young mother hides a web of complicated feelings and a capricious, self-deluding narrative. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022 The former first lady sits on a richly upholstered red sofa, in a light blue dress, the folds and sway of which offer a sense of motion in contrast to the composure of her face and body. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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3 Oct 2022

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“Composure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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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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