com·​po·​sure kəm-ˈpō-zhər How to pronounce composure (audio)
: a calmness or repose especially of mind, bearing, or appearance : self-possession
The witness started to break down, then paused and regained her composure.
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 During that arduous overlap where our unavoidable internal anguish clashes with the requisite external composure, chaos can erupt. Ben Travers, IndieWire, 10 July 2024 On top of struggling to maintain her composure due to her lack of patience, Emily’s interactions with Andrea are both snarky and audacious, all due to her fierce determination to excel in the world of high-end fashion. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 30 June 2024 His ability to maintain composure in the face of uncertainty fascinatingly operates hand-in-hand with his knack for calculated decision-making, earning him status as a genuine master of the mental game. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 6 June 2024 Her chewy southern accent and aloof composure sketch out a sufficient backstory for a character who is basically a narrative utensil. 22. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for composure 

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Word History


see compose

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of composure was in 1647

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“Composure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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com·​po·​sure kəm-ˈpō-zhər How to pronounce composure (audio)
: calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance
she kept her composure

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