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[ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee, ek-wuh-] /ˌi kwəˈnɪm ɪ ti, ˌɛk wə-/
mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
Origin of equanimity
1600-10; < Latin aequanimitās, equivalent to aequ(us) even, plain, equal + anim(us) mind, spirit, feelings + -itās -ity
serenity, self-possession, aplomb.
panic, disquiet, discomposure, agitation. Unabridged
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  • He projects both energetic conviction and calm equanimity.
  • The customer regained her equanimity.
  • Her equanimity is striking, although her job presumably is exhausting.
  • His conception of a vengeful deity didn't help his equanimity.
  • He accepted the ruling with equanimity.
  • Accept your employee's comment with equanimity and don't labor long on his suggestion.
  • His equanimity quickly recovered, he strode over and greeted the doughboys with hearty handshakes.
  • Jung could not maintain his equanimity under all that wooing.
  • You are clearly meeting your challenges with equanimity and good humor.
  • Practice equanimity with stormy emotions.
British Dictionary definitions for equanimity


/ˌiːkwəˈnɪmɪtɪ; ˌɛkwə-/
calmness of mind or temper; composure
Derived Forms
equanimous (ɪˈkwænɪməs) adjective
equanimously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aequanimitās, from aequus even, equal + animus mind, spirit
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Word Origin and History for equanimity

c.1600, "fairness, impartiality," from French équanimité, from Latin aequanimitatem (nominative aequanimitas) "evenness of mind, calmness," from aequus "even, level" (see equal (adj.)) + animus "mind, spirit" (see animus). Meaning "evenness of temper" in English is from 1610s.

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