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Had the encounter been anticipated his composure would perhaps have failed him.

I remembered the object of my visit, and struggled for composure.

I will now favor the company with a song of my own composure.

There was no lessening of the bride's composure as she replied, with a little shrug.

That day she embroidered with her usual application and composure.

Yet they behaved with Oriental composure and calmly accepted the inevitable.

The mice, he avers, enjoyed the pleasures of the chase with composure.

He remained silent for a few moments, that she might regain her composure.

She answered with composure, 'I should think that very likely.'

I endeavoured to listen with composure to whatever was going on.

WORD ORIGIN

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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