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compose +‎ -ure


composure (countable and uncountable, plural composures)

  1. Calmness of mind or matter, self-possession.
    • Milton
      We seek peace and composure.
    • I. Watts
      When the passions [] are all silent, the mind enjoys its most perfect composure.
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Chapter XII
      “Did you want anything, ma’am?” I enquired, still preserving my external composure, in spite of her ghastly countenance and strange exaggerated manner.
    • 2011 September 2, “Wales 2-1 Montenegro”, in BBC[1]:
      Montenegro's early composure was shaken by that set-back and a visibly buoyed Wales nearly added a second goal when Bale broke past two defenders and fired a long-range shot that Bozovic tipped over
    • 1798, Giacomo Casanova, chapter 92, in The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt[2]:
      He began to lose his composure, and made mistakes, his cards got mixed up, and his scoring was wild.
  2. (obsolete) The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition.
    • Evelyn
      Signor Pietro, who had an admirable way both of composure [in music] and teaching.
  3. (obsolete) Orderly adjustment; disposition.
    • Woodward
      Various composures and combinations of these corpuscles.
  4. (obsolete) frame; make; temperament
    • Shakespeare
      His composure must be rare indeed / Whom these things can not blemish.
  5. (obsolete) A combination; a union; a bond.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for composure in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)