composure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n composure steadiness of mind under stress "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Composure A combination; a union; a bond.
    • Composure A settled state; calmness; sedateness; tranquillity; repose. "We seek peace and composure .""When the passions . . . are all silent, the mind enjoys its most perfect composure ."
    • Composure Frame; make; temperament. "His composure must be rare indeed
      Whom these things can not blemish."
    • Composure Orderly adjustment; disposition. "Various composures and combinations of these corpuscles."
    • Composure The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition. "Signor Pietro, who had an admirable way both of composure in music] and teaching."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n composure The act of composing; composition.
    • n composure That which is composed; a composition.
    • n composure Arrangement; combination; order; adjustment; disposition; posture.
    • n composure Frame; composition; hence, temperament; disposition; constitution.
    • n composure A composed state of mind; serenity; calmness; tranquillity.
    • n composure Agreement; settlement of differences; composition.
    • n composure Combination; bond.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Composure calmness: self-possession: tranquillity
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Quotations

  • Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    “Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.”
  • Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau
    Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau
    “Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Compose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. composer, from L. cum, and pausāre, to cease, to rest.

Usage

In literature:

It was only by the exercise of the greatest self-control that the broker had retained his composure.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
She sat on the fallen trunk of a tree below the rock, maintaining the same composure as at first.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
By degrees I recovered my composure, and took my exercise with my rifle in my hand as usual.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
At any rate, he received it with perfect composure.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
Mr Twigg received the information with more composure than his wife had done.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
Of Sidney Blenheim he spoke with an equable, impartial composure.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Petawanaquat was the only one who retained his composure.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Almost instantly she regained her composure, and for half an hour Mrs. Porter-Strangeways prattled on.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Merriwell recovered his composure immediately and stepped forward to meet the girls at the foot of the stairs, accompanied by Diamond.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
I faced Chicago and New York with serene and confident composure.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But her composure was unshaken, and Maya was somewhat calmed.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
At last, he, too, retired to a farm, and with composure awaited the end that came in 1834.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
She had recovered her composure.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Startled as he was, he yet retained his composure, abiding the result with his arms folded upon his breast.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Many cats, as Dickie noted, meditated in sunny corners, or prowled in the open with truly official composure.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
She glanced at it with perfectly unmoved composure.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
I had recovered my composure, was interested, and amused.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Clelia, facing her, began to speak with a hard composure.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
The Perpetual Curate bowed with immovable composure, and felt himself master of the field.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
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In poetry:

Betwixt the night and hill they ranged,
In dead composure cast.
As suddenly the dream was changed,
And all the wonder past.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
"Your prayers you have said, and you've wished good night:
What cause is there yet keeps my darling awake?
This throb in your bosom proclaims some affright
Disturbs your composure. Can innocence quake?
"Nurse Green" by Charles Lamb
Better sin the whole sin, sure that God observes;
Then go live his life out! Life will try his nerves,
When the sky, which noticed all, makes no disclosure,
And the earth keeps up her terrible composure.
"Before" by Robert Browning
Who is she, the poor Maniac, whose wildly-fix'd eyes
Seem a heart overcharged to express?
She weeps not, yet often and deeply she sighs,
She never complains, but her silence implies
The composure of settled distress.
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
And owing to the suddenness of the shock, many women fainted away,
Which filled the rest of the passengers' hearts with dismay;
But they soon regained their composure when close to the land,
Especially when they saw that succour was near at hand.
"An Excursion Steamer Sunk in the Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

He has struggled with guilt of his own — feelings he didn't fully acknowledge until a recent talk at a social work ers' conference dedicated to Cabrera, when he struggled for composure while trying to describe Cabrera's impact.
The post-hardcore band Polar Bear Club will be making their way through Soma -- along with Fireworks, Balance & Composure, and Make Do & Mend -- this coming weekend.
View full size Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger Alka Sinha tries to keep her composure as she testifies in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick today.
The only thing John Barnes came close to losing Thursday night was his composure.
It's rather impressive how Monacelli kept his composure for as long as he did.
Zips retain composure, win a big one.
Breiah Adams couldn't help crying, but she did well to maintain her composure.
Who would have thought at this point in the season that we'd be writing about the composure under pressure by the Golden State Warriors.
Smith says he realizes he has to keep his composure and takes responsibility for his actions.
It's easy to panic after a slip-up, but try to keep your composure.
Initially keeping her composure on the stand, Holly Freeman described how Pyne had frequent crying spells early in their relationship as he struggled to come to terms with the mental illness of his mother.
He also had the composure of a musician, smooth and philosophical.
If there is one thing we've learned from the first week and a half of the Episcopal Academy girls' basketball season, it is that the Churchwomen surely can keep their composure.
The author had to maintain composure and demonstrate quality shooting form to fill his tag on this nice Pennsylvania buck.
US stocks rose sharply at Wednesday's open as investors regained their composure a day after the Dow Jones industrial average fell 280 points on renewed economic fears.
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In science:

When I would fail to understand an aspect of automorphic forms or the trace formula, Jon would dismiss my frustration and clarify the misunderstanding in a way that only Jon could with sympathetic composure and the knowledge of a veteran in the field.
The Functional Equation and Beyond Endoscopy
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