The adjective composed describes someone who is calm and shows no nervousness or agitation. You may be very upset about your brother’s unkind remark, but your composed face doesn’t give away your feelings.


Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; self-possessed.

serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress; "the performer seemed completely composed as she stepped onto the stage"; "I felt calm and more composed than I had in a long time"

Adjective S.
made up of individual elements; "if perception is seen as composed of isolated sense data..."

imp. & p. p.
of Compose

Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; self-possessed.


Com*posed" , a. Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; self-possessed.
The Mantuan there in sober triumph sate, Composed his posture, and his look sedate.
-- Com*pos"ed*ly , adv. -- Com*pos"ed*ness, n.

Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; self-possessed.


Usage Examples

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.

I grew up looking at my father as to how to behave. In watching him I grasped so many things. His own temperament was of a calm person. He was very composed and I never saw anger in him. To me, that was fascinating.

A painting that is well composed is half finished.

Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

Common sense is the measure of the possible it is composed of experience and prevision it is calculation applied to life.

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.

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Other Usage Examples

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.

If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.

Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.

Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work.

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Life is like music it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.


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