Synonyms & Antonyms of equanimity

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How does the noun equanimity contrast with its synonyms?

The words composure and sangfroid are common synonyms of equanimity. While all three words 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

In what contexts can composure take the place of equanimity?

Although the words composure and equanimity have much in common, 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

When is sangfroid a more appropriate choice than equanimity?

The words sangfroid and equanimity are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sangfroid implies great coolness and steadiness under strain.

handled the situation with professional sangfroid

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The first known use of equanimity was circa 1616

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“Equanimity.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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