Definition: mental calmness
Definition: mental calmness
Sentences Containing 'composure'
Madame Defarge was a stout woman of about his own age, with a watchful eye that seldom seemed to look at anything, a large hand heavily ringed, a steady face, strong features, and great composure of manner.
At this second interchange of the Christian name, Madame Defarge, still using her toothpick with profound composure, coughed another grain of cough, and raised her eyebrows by the breadth of another line.
``Her husband's destiny,''said Madame Defarge, with her usual composure,``will take him where he is to go, and will lead him to the end that is to end him.
But, in the composure of his manner he was unaltered, except that to the shrewd glance of Mr. Lorry it disclosed some shadowy indication that the old air of avoidance and dread had lately passed over him, like a cold wind.
``Your husband is not my business here,''returned Madame Defarge, looking down at her with perfect composure.
``You scarcely seem to like your hand,''said Sydney, with the greatest composure.
He listened to her with perfect indifference while she chose to entertain herself in this manner; and as his composure convinced her that all was safe, her wit flowed long.
As for their mother, Mr. Collins's letter had done away much of her ill will, and she was preparing to see him with a degree of composure which astonished her husband and daughters.
His cousin was as absurd as he had hoped, and he listened to him with the keenest enjoyment, maintaining at the same time the most resolute composure of countenance, and, except in an occasional glance at Elizabeth, requiring no partner in his pleasure.
Mr. Darcy looked just as he had been used to look in Hertfordshire paid his compliments, with his usual reserve, to Mrs. Collins, and whatever might be his feelings toward her friend, met her with every appearance of composure.
He was struggling for the appearance of composure, and would not open his lips till he believed himself to have attained it.
He had by that time reached it also, and, holding out a letter, which she instinctively took, said, with a look of haughty composure,``I have been walking in the grove some time in the hope of meeting you.
He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immovable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.
Whether he had felt more of pain or of pleasure in seeing her she could not tell, but he certainly had not seen her with composure.
When Mr. Bennet arrived, he had all the appearance of his usual philosophic composure.
Elizabeth's mind was now relieved from a very heavy weight; and, after half an hour's quiet reflection in her own room, she was able to join the others with tolerable composure.
He could even listen to Sir William Lucas, when he complimented him on carrying away the brightest jewel of the country, and expressed his hopes of their all meeting frequently at St. James's, with very decent composure.
No; my pride is to see the accused pale, agitated, and as though beaten out of all composure by the fire of my eloquence.''
Dantes reviewed his past life with composure, and, looking forward with terror to his future existence, chose that middle line that seemed to afford him a refuge.
The captain glanced at him, but he had lifted the rum to his lips and was drinking it with so much composure, that suspicions, if the captain had any, died away.
``And so,''continued the Englishman who first gained his composure,``he was drowned?''
Full of wonder at so strange a form of madness, they flocked to see it from a distance, and observed with what composure he sometimes paced up and down, or sometimes, leaning on his lance, gazed on his armour without taking his eyes off it for ever so long; and as the night closed in with a light from the moon so brilliant that it might vie with his that lent it, everything the novice knight did was plainly seen by all.
This he uttered with so much spirit and boldness that he filled his assailants with a terrible fear, and as much for this reason as at the persuasion of the landlord they left off stoning him, and he allowed them to carry off the wounded, and with the same calmness and composure as before resumed the watch over his armour.
All this Sancho delivered with so much composure--wiping his nose from time to time--and with so little common-sense that his two hearers were again filled with wonder at the force of Don Quixote's madness that could run away with this poor man's reason.
She, however, having her thoughts fixed upon other things more to her taste, and wanting that time and opportunity for her own pleasures, did not always obey her mistress's commands, but on the contrary left them alone, as if they had ordered her to do so; but the modest bearing of Camilla, the calmness of her countenance, the composure of her aspect were enough to bridle the tongue of Lothario.
At last the cloth being removed, Don Quixote with great composure lifted up his voice and said: "One of the greatest sins that men are guilty of is--some will say pride--but I say ingratitude, going by the common saying that hell is full of ingrates.
The setting sun was glowing on the strange lady, over the garden-fence, and she came walking up to the door with a fell rigidity of figure and composure of countenance that could have belonged to nobody else.
But I remarked two things: first, that though Annie soon recovered her composure, and was quite herself, there was a blank between her and Mr. Wickfield which separated them wholly from each other; secondly, that Mr. Wickfield seemed to dislike the intimacy between her and Agnes, and to watch it with uneasiness.
She said no more, except, 'My dear child, never ask me what it was, and don't refer to it,' until she had perfectly regained her composure, when she told me she was quite herself now, and we might get out.
I asked him, with a better appearance of composure than I could have thought possible a minute before, whether he had made his feelings known to Agnes.
'Mr. Copperfield and myself,' said Miss Murdstone, with severe composure, 'are connexions.
I noticed how her eye lighted on me, when she thought my attention otherwise occupied; and what a curious process of hesitation appeared to be going on within her, while she preserved her outward stiffness and composure.
In her placid sisterly manner; with her beaming eyes; with her tender voice; and with that sweet composure, which had long ago made the house that held her quite a sacred place to me; she soon won me from this weakness, and led me on to tell all that had happened since our last meeting.
My aunt, retaining her stiff position, and apparent composure, assented with a nod.
Mrs. Traddles, with perfect pleasure and composure beaming from her household eyes, having made the tea, then quietly made the toast as she sat in a corner by the fire.
Considered one of the best forwards of his generation, Riva enjoyed a remarkable scoring record for Cagliari thanks to his composure in front of goal, fearsome left foot and aerial ability.
His wife committed suicide while he was away for the war, which author Jacob Schlesinger argued made Takeshita obsessive about his composure and highly reserved about showing anger to others.
It fell upon Vladimir, who regained his composure more quickly than his brother, to announce their father's death to the public.
After having a few mini-crises, including getting cold feet, he starts to break down, but regains his composure after speaking with Holly.
Members of the Erection Kids later went on to form Balance And Composure.
They also did a US tour with Bayside, Senses Fail and Balance And Composure and a tour of Japan with H2O.
They were joined by Balance And Composure and Transit for the tour.
Spinks almost cried, but he was able to keep his composure.
Lathbury's composure was invaluable at the time as the politics meant there was doubts over the status of Gibraltar with questions being asked at the United Nations.
After regaining her composure, she joked: However, the camera was still on.
Despite having their dreams of playing in the final dashed, Klinsmann's squad quickly recovered their composure, and journalists noted the team's upbeat mood in the practices leading up to the third-place match.
Losing his composure, Musashi antagonizes Ueda, who then makes light of the fact that Musashi would become so angry at his own imminent death but feel nothing for killing Denshichirō and his brother.
Conversely, she maintained her composure in "Micro-Phonies" and even dealt Curly Howard several painful face slaps in "An Ache in Every Stake".
He was nicknamed "Lenny the Cool" for his calm composure on the field.
, Biggs' close friend, is very warm-hearted and kind to others, but he easily loses his composure when nervous.
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evasive - not frank; trying to hide the truth; eluding; evading; V. evade: avoid (a duty or responsibility) or escape from by deceit
neologism - new or newly coined word or phrase
prude - excessively modest or proper person (who is easily shocked by improper things, esp. of a sexual nature); N. prudery; ADJ. prudish: excessively concerned with propriety
quagmire - bog; marsh; soft, wet, boggy land; predicament; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
cathartic - purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty; ADJ.
excoriate - scold with biting harshness; censure strongly; strip the skin off
attribute - essential quality; V: ascribe; explain
graduate - arrange into categories or grades; divide into marked intervals (for use in measurement); Ex. graduated ruler
voluble - fluent; talkative; glib; N. volubility