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composure (noun) balance of temper; calmness.

The quality of remaining calm and undisturbed, even in the face of troubles or provocation, is composure. That kind of self-possession, only a few are capable of. Most people are irritable, easily excited, and upset. It does require a great effort to behave with composure. A person with composure remains calm and unaffected whatever others say of them. 'A hundred dogs bark, but the caravan passes.' This comes to our mind when we think of persons with composure. Nothing agitates them, no sorrow upsets them too much, no failure disappoints them, no provocation rouses them to anger, and no happiness unduly elates them.

  • Jonathan's composure is rare for a young man of his age. For, though young, he remains calm and undisturbed, even when others say harsh things of him, and so he remained even when he was implicated in a false case.
  • Composure is the most preached but least practiced virtue, as most people find it difficult to remain calm and patient in trying circumstances.
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