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[kuh m-poh-zher] /kəmˈpoʊ ʒər/
serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity:
Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure.
Origin of composure
1590-1600; compose + -ure
Related forms
noncomposure, noun
equability, serenity, quiet, coolness, equanimity, self-possession.
agitation. Unabridged
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  • The interview had been prolonged a moment too long and her composure was gone.

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  • The girl stopped for a few moments to recover her composure.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • He gave his friend a few seconds to recover his composure, and then approached the question he had come to put.

  • He struggled for composure as Peterson stared dazedly at the test sheets.

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  • Behind the mask of her composure Lucinda was absurdly agitated and, on that account, a little angry.

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British Dictionary definitions for composure


calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity
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Word Origin and History for composure

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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