equanimity

equanimity, composure, sangfroid, phlegm mean the mental temper of one who is self-possessed or not easily disturbed or perturbed.
Equanimity suggests either a proper mental balance or a constitutionally equable temper; it therefore may imply either a delicate adjustment of one's emotional and mental powers that is liable to disturbance only under great strain or a settled attitude of mind which repels all that disturbs
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his placidity of demeanor . . . arose from . . . the equanimity of a cold disposition rather than of one well ordered by discipline— Trollope

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it was some time before Wildeve recovered his equanimityHardy

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stoicism teaches men ... to accept with proud equanimity the misfortunes of life— Inge

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Composure commonly implies the conquest of mental agitation or disturbance by an effort of will, though it may imply a temperamental freedom from agitation
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his passions tamed and all at his control, how perfect the composure of his soul!— Cowper

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we have to call upon our whole people—men, women, and children alike—to stand up with composure and fortitude to the fire of the enemy— Sir Winston Churchill

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Sangfroid implies great coolness and steadiness especially under strain
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no being ever stood in a pedagogue's presence with more perfect sangfroidDisraeli

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at all these [gambling games] she won and lost, with the same equable sangfroidRose Macaulay

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Phlegm suggests an apathy of mind or sluggishness of temperament that results from a physical condition rather than from discipline or self-control; it therefore suggests even greater imperturbability and insensitiveness than any of the preceding terms
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he chose the eldest daughter whose numb composure he mistook for phlegmPatton

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there was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity— Irving

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Analogous words: poise, equipose, *balance, equilibrium: self-possession, self-assurance, aplomb (see CONFIDENCE): tranquillity, serenity, placidity, calmness (see corresponding adjectives at CALM)
Contrasted words: discomposure, agitation, disquieting or disquiet, perturbing or perturbation, disturbance (see corresponding verbs at DISCOMPOSE)

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