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self-possession

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Calm and self-assured command of one's faculties, feelings, and behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The control of one's powers; presence of mind; calmness; self-command.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The possession of one's powers; calmness; self-command; presence of mind; composure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun confidence in one's own powers
  • noun calmness and composure, especially when under stress

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

  • noun the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

self- +‎ possession

Examples

  • One of these characteristics is self-possession (not the dreary “self-esteem”), a sureness about who she is that paradoxically allows her to show her vulnerability without with unraveling.

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  • She has reached this almost mystical state of self-possession even before any reconciliation with the past and her family have occurred (at least, I think so).

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  • The documentary has so far received mixed reviews from critics: Julia Tech of the Washington Sun Dial has proclaimed the film "pure propaganda," while Jacques-Louis Louis-Jacques of Fanfaron du Cinema notes: "Its binary transgressive morality deliquesces Arcandian purity and dyspeptic Foucaultian somnambulism, creating a dual-time narrative fissure in which cinema self-possession collapses, rejecting meta-pastiche agitprop for an allegory about the camera's ability to view and be viewed."

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  • One of these characteristics is self-possession (not the dreary “self-esteem”), a sureness about who she is that paradoxically allows her to show her vulnerability without with unraveling.

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  • The author writes about the absurdities of modern life from the point of view of one who has been seduced by and immersed in them, but who advocates cultivating a kind of detached self-possession as a way of withstanding the trivial and noisy demands of our age.

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  • The documentary has so far received mixed reviews from critics: Julia Tech of the Washington Sun Dial has proclaimed the film "pure propaganda," while Jacques-Louis Louis-Jacques of Fanfaron du Cinema notes: "Its binary transgressive morality deliquesces Arcandian purity and dyspeptic Foucaultian somnambulism, creating a dual-time narrative fissure in which cinema self-possession collapses, rejecting meta-pastiche agitprop for an allegory about the camera's ability to view and be viewed."

    Spencer Green: Terrence Malick Directs the Latest Sarah Palin Documentary

  • She had nerved herself for the last culminating ordeal, and his remark was like a blow to her self-possession.

    THE UNEXPECTED

  • Slowly, with witty self-possession, this thoughtful heroine d ecides that she must untangle the narrative strands around her.

    Discovering the Past's Perils and Pleasures

  • The young-adult novelist John Green creates characters of such quirky charm and witty self-possession that you can almost hear the acoustic strains of indie-pop in the background as you read.

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  • His movements are as fluid and economical as those of a Siamese cat, his self-possession unnerving.

    Pierre Rougier: The Man Behind the Curtain

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