Definition of equanimity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛkwəˈnɪmɪti/
Pronunciation: /ˌiːkwəˈnɪmɪti/


[mass noun]
Calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation: she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity
More example sentences
  • 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, calmness, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, self-control, even-temperedness, coolness, cool-headedness, presence of mind;
serenity, placidity, tranquillity, phlegm, impassivity, imperturbability, unexcitability, equilibrium;
poise, self-assurance, assurance, self-confidence, aplomb, sangfroid, nerve
informal cool, unflappability
rare ataraxy


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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