Definition of composure in English:



  • The state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself.

    ‘she was struggling to regain her composure’
    • ‘That all came down to us when we lost composure and control for a few minutes of the game.’
    • ‘As the stadium took a collective deep breath, the home side regained their composure.’
    • ‘We let the ball bounce from kick off and we didn't regain our composure until after the game was lost.’
    • ‘Williams was stunned but managed to regain his composure to take the next frame.’
    • ‘It was cool enough to take my breath away for a second and it took a few moments to regain my composure and concentrate.’
    • ‘After regaining some of his composure, the artist went to the local pub to meet his wife as arranged.’
    • ‘She has a startling assurance and composure and the performance is most notable.’
    • ‘The control and composure he showed for the first goal was world class.’
    • ‘He paid tribute to the staff at the airport for their composure in trying circumstances.’
    • ‘The calm sea presented a facade of composure which was soon to be broken by the French.’
    • ‘Before I could regain my composure, I felt a tug from behind, as if someone was grabbing me by my collar.’
    • ‘His performance thereafter, though, suggested that his composure had been affected.’
    • ‘Donny tried to regain composure as tears of hysteria rolled down his cheeks.’
    • ‘Regaining his composure, he said his farewell and walked out of the door.’
    • ‘It took me about a few seconds to regain composure and get up from whatever I had fallen on.’
    • ‘The question is whether they will have enough composure to outfox the defending champions’
    • ‘I sent a message to Allison, hoping for a voice of reason to help regain my composure.’
    • ‘The other side is trying to make you lose your composure and you will play right into their hands if you do.’
    • ‘She looked as if she might start sobbing again, but blew her nose and regained her composure.’
    • ‘In those early days, composure was something he threatened to lose as he ruminated on the challenges to be faced.’
    self-control, self-possession, self-command, calmness, equanimity, equilibrium, calm, coolness, collectedness, serenity, tranquillity
    aplomb, poise, presence of mind, sangfroid, self-assurance, assurance
    imperturbability, placidity, placidness, impassiveness, impassivity, dispassion, phlegm, stolidity, unexcitability
    cool, unflappability
    countenance, ataraxy, ataraxia
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Late 16th century (in the sense composing, composition): from compose + -ure.