Word of the DayThursday, December 28, 2006
\ee-kwuh-NIM-i-tee, ek-wuh-\ , noun;
mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
He responded to all these inquiries with equanimity, but in truth he couldn't wait to get out of there…
-- Elizabeth Royte, "Out of the Woods," The New Yorker, May 14, 2001
At times Omar's equanimity seemed a force, a strength to emulate. If he wasn't worried or frightened, then everything must be all right…
-- Mary McGarry Morris, Songs in Ordinary Time, 1995
Equanimity can be traced to the Latin aequanimitas, which is formed with aequus meaning "even, plain, equal" and animus meaning "mind, spirit, feelings." It entered English in the early 1600s.
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