composure

composure
com|po|sure [kəmˈpəuʒə US -ˈpouʒər] n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: compose]
the state of feeling or seeming calm
recover/regain your composure
(=become calm after feeling angry or upset)
Carter looked stunned, but he soon regained his composure.
keep/maintain your composure
(=stay calm)
The widow broke down in tears, but her daughters maintained their composure.
He has lost his composure under the pressure of the situation.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Composure — Com*po sure, n. [From {Compose}.] 1. The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Signor Pietro, who had an admirable way both of composure [in music] and teaching. Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 2. Orderly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • composure — c.1600, composition (also, in early use, with many senses now given to COMPOUND (Cf. compound)), from COMPOSE (Cf. compose) + URE (Cf. ure). Sense of tranquility, calmness is first recorded 1660s, from composed calm (1620s). For sense, Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • composure — I noun aequus animus, aplomb, balance, calm, calmness, command of one s faculties, command of temper, complacence, constraint, content, contentment, control, equability, equanimity, equilibrium, evenness, forbearance, fortitude, harmony,… …   Law dictionary

  • composure — *equanimity, sangfroid, phlegm Analogous words: coolness, collectedness, imperturbability, nonchalance (see corresponding adjectives at COOL): self possession, aplomb (see CONFIDENCE): placidity, serenity, calmness (see corresponding adjectives… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • composure — [n] calmness, collectedness accord, aplomb, assurance, balance, calm, contentment, control, cool*, cool head*, coolheadedness, coolness, dignity, dispassion, ease, equanimity, equilibrium, evenness, even temper, fortitude, harmony,… …   New thesaurus

  • composure — ► NOUN ▪ the state of being calm and self controlled …   English terms dictionary

  • composure — [kəm pō′zhər] n. [ COMPOS(E) + URE] calmness of mind or manner; tranquillity; self possession SYN. EQUANIMITY …   English World dictionary

  • composure — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ calm, cool, perfect VERB + COMPOSURE ▪ hold, keep, maintain, retain ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • composure — n. 1) to keep, retain; regain one s composure 2) to lose one s composure * * * [kəm pəʊʒə] regain one s composure retain to keep to lose one s composure …   Combinatory dictionary

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