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[kuh m-poh-zher] /kəmˈpoʊ ʒər/

serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity:
Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure.
calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity

c.1600, “composition” (also, in early use, with many senses now given to compound), from compose + -ure. Sense of “tranquility, calmness” is first recorded 1660s, from composed “calm” (1620s). For sense, cf. colloquial to fall apart “to lose one’s composure.”


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