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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
While reviling property taxes is a longstanding Pennsylvania tradition, some property owners are accepting the increases with equanimity.
But the hypocrisy, the dishonesty, the willingness by Hannity to try and score partisan political points on the bodies of five dead journalists feels like almost too much to bear with any amount of equanimity tonight.
That does not mean that the cancellation of the military exercises was met with equanimity.
But even in the visible struggle to balance on one leg while the torso unpredictably swerves and tilts, or to lower a partner soundlessly and incrementally to the floor, the dancers maintain an equanimity, immersed in doing the work.
The episodes that seem to democracy scholars like harbingers of extreme danger — a president delegitimizing the news media and seeking to turn law enforcement into a political weapon — have been met on the socialist left with more equanimity.
His calmly intense confidence as a reporter, and clear-eyed equanimity as an editor, produced widespread respect with no lasting enmity.
So far, parenthood has been an upper-level course in patience and equanimity.
Not everyone exhibits such cheek-turning equanimity.
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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.
aplomb, calmness, collectedness, composedness, composure, cool, coolness, countenance, equilibrium, imperturbability, placidity, repose, sangfroid, self-possession, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility), tranquilness;
Synonym Discussion of equanimity
- accepted her troubles with equanimity
- maintaining his composure even under hostile questioning
- handled the situation with professional sangfroid
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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