Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being calm, stable and composed, especially under stress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Evenness of mind; that calm temper or firmness of mind which is not easily elated or depressed; patience; calmness; composure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Evenness of mind or temper; calmness or firmness, especially under conditions adapted to excite great emotion; a state of resistance to elation, depression, anger, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. steadiness of mind under stress

Etymologies

Latin aequanimitās, from aequanimus, even-tempered, impartial : aequus, even + animus, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aequanimitās ("calmness, equanimity"), from aequus ("even; calm; fair") + animus ("mind, soul") + -itās. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We weren’t rolling in money, but we certainly had enough to live well, and I approached my thirties with a certain … no, I really don’t want to use the word equanimity here, even though it’s apt.

    State of the Union

  • When faced with a "Let it be" scenario, your sense of equanimity is the greatest victory.

    Judith Orloff MD: How to Cope with Personal Space Intruders (VIDEO)

  • The only mainstream name I can think of with anything approaching equanimity is Broder.

    David E.

  • Another usage of the word equanimity refers to Buddhas having equanimity toward everyone.

    Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

  • When we achieve enlightenment, we attain a state of equanimity, which is neither happy nor sad.

    Basic Questions on Karma and Rebirth

  • The secret of this equanimity has been the knowledge that they held in reserve one of the most effective weapons of war, which hitherto they had allowed the enemy to wield against themselves.

    The Downfall of American Slavery

  • His equanimity is his pride, and he rarely uses the bully pulpit of the Presidency for explicit criticism.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • We can maintain non-attachment in equanimity, which is to remain balanced and not pulled one way or another by attraction or aversion.

    About.com Buddhism

  • Christopher DeMuth, the president of the conservative think tank, went out of his way to praise Rove's "equanimity" in the face of "sharks in the water."

    May 2006

  • Look, he's got a kind of equanimity that's very good and he recovered last night.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2008

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  • wajo22: Did you mean invective?

    October 1, 2008

  • –noun. mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.

    September 12, 2008

  • “Rehnquist took the news with equanimity. Antonin Scalia did not.�?
    — Jeffrey Toobin, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007) at 55.

    June 6, 2008

  • It takes guts to retain your equanimity when you are struck by investive

    April 10, 2008

  • Surely epitomised by Kipling's "If"?

    November 21, 2007

  • To embrace a truth at the price of one's vanity repays the cost in the coin of equanimity.
    Nick Piombino, Fait Accompli

    December 19, 2006