Definition of equanimity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌekwəˈnimədē/


Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation: she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity
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  • One suspects he will need the wisdom of Solomon to handle the situation with total equanimity.
  • It is difficult to behave with equanimity under such provocation.
  • The Indians have been watching all this, with equal fits of paroxysms of disbelief in private, and cool equanimity in public.
composure, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, coolheadedness, presence of mind;
serenity, tranquility, phlegm, imperturbability, equilibrium;
poise, assurance, self-confidence, aplomb, sangfroid, nerve
informal cool


Early 17th century (also in the sense 'fairness, impartiality'): from Latin aequanimitas, from aequus 'equal' + animus 'mind'.

Words that rhyme with equanimity

anonymity, dimity, magnanimity, proximity, pseudonymity, pusillanimity, unanimity

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Syllabification: e·qua·nim·i·ty

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