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composure

[kuh m-poh-zher] /kəmˈpoʊ ʒər/
noun
1.
serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity:
Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; compose + -ure
Related forms
noncomposure, noun
Synonyms
equability, serenity, quiet, coolness, equanimity, self-possession.
Antonyms
agitation.
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  • The weather was stormy, the wind blowing and still it kept its grip and composure.
  • Unless you are absolutely desperate and able to maintain your composure when your doing other work you don't need to do.
  • Of course there are people who can take losses beyond their means with perfect cheerfulness and composure.
  • He looks fit and keeps his composure admirably as he tries to play scenes with obvious amateurs.
  • He's the guy that takes the reins of the team and keeps everyone in composure.
  • Perhaps back in middle school, homeroom attendance was a struggle in self-composure.
  • More than a year later, she still can't tell the story without a visible struggle to maintain her composure.
  • Relatives of the victims struggled to keep their composure.
  • Although his insides must have been churning, his composure and leadership came through in the face of defeat.
British Dictionary definitions for composure

composure

/kəmˈpəʊʒə/
noun
1.
calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity
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Word Origin and History for composure
n.

c.1600, "composition" (also, in early use, with many senses now given to compound), from compose + -ure. Sense of "tranquility, calmness" is first recorded 1660s, from composed "calm" (1620s). For sense, cf. colloquial to fall apart "to lose one's composure."

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