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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: compose

composure

noun
     
com‧po‧sure [uncountable]
the state of feeling or seeming calm
recover/regain your composure (=become calm after feeling angry or upset)
Carter looked stunned, but he soon regained his composure.
keep/maintain your composure (=stay calm)
The widow broke down in tears, but her daughters maintained their composure.
He has lost his composure under the pressure of the situation.

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