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equanimity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n equanimity steadiness of mind under stress "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Equanimity Evenness of mind; that calm temper or firmness of mind which is not easily elated or depressed; patience; calmness; composure; as, to bear misfortunes with equanimity .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n equanimity 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Equanimity ē-kwa-nim′i-ti equality or evenness of mind or temper
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aequanimitas, fr. aequanimus,: cf. F. équanimité,. See Equanimous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. æquanimitasæquus, equal, animus, the mind.

Usage

In literature:

He recovered his equanimity; the world was serene again.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
If Lucas had for the moment teased him out of his equanimity, the duke had paid back the score a hundredfold.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Having quartered 60,000 French troops on Naples and Hanover, Napoleon could face with equanimity the costs of the war.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Only Mr. Ziegler beheld his companions with a satisfied equanimity that was insensible to spiritual suffering.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
And the time will come when it can hear with equanimity that the fortress has gone to ruin, and that fighting is no longer in fashion.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
In its presence harshness becomes gentleness, hysteria becomes equanimity, and sound becomes silence.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
He told a lie with great equanimity, and saved her.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
She bore that, too, with smiling equanimity.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
But for all that his mood had lost much of its usual equanimity.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
His equanimity was, however, much disturbed, by finding himself in the midst of the Bannerworths.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
David Hume regained his equanimity and sat down again.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
He accepted with equanimity the information that Hester had returned to Southminster, and departed to impart the same to his exasperated wife.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
Wordsworth preserved his equanimity, and an implicit faith in himself.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
But before the trial came on, he had fully recovered his old equanimity.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
One must take pleasure just as much as sorrow, with a certain amount of equanimity.
"If Only etc." by Francis Clement Philips and Augustus Harris
His neighbors regarded it with disconcerting equanimity.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
A-thinking for themselves, is what No man can face with equanimity.
"Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs" by W. S. Gilbert
Lord Anson appears to have been remarkable for the coolness and equanimity of his temper.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 11" by Robert Kerr
What special phase of it has been disturbing your equanimity?
"What Answer?" by Anna E. Dickinson
Strout had by this time fully recovered his equanimity.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
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In poetry:

Thus I, a splinter
from the tree of great equanimity,
to my own eyes an alien,
to my God a stranger.
"O You, My Silent Sadness" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
For then, I, undistrest
By hearts grown cold to me,
Could lonely wait my endless rest
With equanimity.
"I Look Into My Glass" by Thomas Hardy
Nor bear with equanimity
The radio in students' cars,
Muzak at breakfast, or—dear God!—
Girl-organists in bars.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
What wretched thoughts disturb my breast;
Deprive me of my daily rest;
Destroy my equanimity!
"Tell me, can this be jealousy?"
"On Jealousy" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Down to the Deeps of Sheol, anguish-torn,
I've hurtled Beauty to a State forlorn,
Beauty the Curse, - yet if a Curse it be,
With what an Equanimity 'tis borne!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Four years ago, in endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, we noted his intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure.
For Ben S Bernanke, the final act of his contentious confirmation process did not require him to draw on his deep reserves of equanimity.
On Learning Resilience and Equanimity .
Rabbi Amy Weiss' parenting tip of the week: equanimity .
I'm a patient, peaceable man, and I'll fight anybody who says I'm not, but there are, after all, limits to my equanimity.
According to the latest science on willpower, the best thing you can do for your productivity, waistline, and equanimity is give yourself a break.
How to attain equanimity and peace of mind was an obsession of the ancient Stoic philosophers.
Romney's equanimity is best insulation against racism charge.
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, head of Jewish studies, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy: It is not wrong to believe that anyone who has striven to lead a life of equanimity, integrity and grace should be granted eternal life.
For those looking for more equanimity, "Buddha Standard Time" can ease the tyranny of the hamster 's wheel.
After more than two decades of newspapering, I've been on the giving and receiving end of editing enough to accept it with equanimity, as just part of the job.
On Learning Resilience and Equanimity.
The most difficult Buddhist idea to explain, I've found, is not interdependent arising or nonself, challenging though these are, but equanimity.
To say that I'm handling the wait with grace and equanimity would be something of an overstatement.
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In science:

At the same time, journals will instead be favored for things like speed of publication, equanimity of peer review, and the transparency of the journal’s databases to processes that compute individual metrics and scores.
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS
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