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Definition calm and in control of emotions
  • After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
composure = calm (control of emotions)
  • During all this time he was evidently struggling for composure.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The steady composure of the one woman seemed to madden the other.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The New Magdalen
  • "I'm fine," she said, regaining her composure and keeping the subject on track.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • composure = control of emotions
  • I felt tingly all over as I stared into the face of the prettiest girl I had ever seen. Without the girl knowing, I regained my composure as she began to talk.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • composure = calm (in control of emotions)
  • He had regained his composure, which seemed to have been somewhat impaired the night before.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • Immediately afterwards, however, he regained his composure, and his heart laughed at the folly he had just committed.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • The trapper endured their sullen scrutiny with the steadiness of one as practised as themselves, and with the entire composure of innocence.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Prairie
  • I could tell he was struggling to maintain his composure.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • As Papa put one arm around Mama and the other around Mary Toy, Miss Love's composure crumbled and she went to crying.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Helmer (regaining his composure).
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • Toward the end, she struggles to maintain composure.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Hare met the Bishop and his family with composure, but his arrival following so closely upon Mescal's, increased their alarm.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • He begins to recover his composure.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Eloy regained his composure, and his words forced their way through the lump in his throat.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Sophie tried hard to maintain her composure when it turned out to be—yes, it was!
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • —"mademoiselle has not touched the grasshopper"—with that composure!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • My dad's eyebrows come together, as if he's struggling to keep his composure.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Amanda felt her last threads of composure give way as he said those words.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • We haven't even been married for two years:' She looked at me and took a few deep breaths, trying to regain her composure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John

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