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Examples of equanimity in a Sentence
Those who are doomed to become artists are seldom blessed with equanimity. They are tossed to drunken heights, only to be brought down into a sludge of headachy despair; their arrogance gives way to humiliation at the next curve of the switchback. —Patrick White, Flaws in the Glass, (1981) 1983
She's heading straight for us—he thought. … And his uneasiness grew by the recollection of the forty tons of dynamite in the body of the Ferndale; not the sort of cargo one thinks of with equanimity in connexion with a threatened collision. —Joseph Conrad, Chance, (1913) 1924
an Olympic diver who always displays remarkable equanimity on the platform
Recent Examples of equanimity from the Web
Becoming a beautiful diverse current that winds its way toward an ocean of human equanimity and openness.
But Tehran received that threat with surprising equanimity because, in practice, the Trump administration has shown a willingness to do business with the country.
Many British people pride themselves on their equanimity and tolerance.
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Keep Things Balanced With the Definition of Equanimity
If you think "equanimity" looks like it has something to do with "equal," you've guessed correctly. Both "equanimity" and "equal" are derived from "aequus," a Latin adjective meaning "level" or "equal." "Equanimity" comes from the combination of "aequus" and "animus" ("soul" or "mind") in the Latin phrase aequo animo, which means "with even mind." English speakers began using "equanimity" early in the 17th century with the now obsolete sense "fairness or justness of judgment," which was in keeping with the meaning of the Latin phrase. Equanimity quickly came to suggest keeping a cool head under any sort of pressure, not merely when presented with a problem, and eventually, it developed an extended sense for general balance and harmony.
Origin and Etymology of equanimity
Latin aequanimitas, from aequo animo with even mind
First Known Use: circa 1616See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of equanimity
EQUANIMITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of equanimity for English Language Learners
: calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressure
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