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Calm and self-assured command of one's faculties, feelings, and behavior: "Maureen ... had a blunt way of talking that was fueled by the self-possession of a working-class toughie" (Philip Roth).

self′-pos·sessed′ adj.


the quality of being self-possessed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behaviorself-possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
nerves - control of your emotions; "this kind of tension is not good for my nerves"
presence of mind - self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency


noun self-assurance, confidence, composure, poise, cool (slang), aplomb, sang-froid, unflappability (informal), self-command She found her customary self-possession had deserted her.




[ˌselfpəˈzeʃən] Nserenidad f, autodominio m


[ˌsɛlfpəˈzɛʃn] npadronanza di sé


(selfpəˈzest) adjective
calm, and able to act confidently in an emergency. a calm, self-possessed person.
ˌself-posˈsession (-ʃən) noun
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Well--the general air, the style, the self-possession, the-- the--illusion--you know", laughed Laurie, breaking down and helping himself out of his quandary with the new word.
I thought her manner with her customers very good, and wondered where she had learned such self-possession.
In that moment of surprise, the self-possession of Heyward did not desert him.
Leave that to me," said Kearney, with self-possession.
It was a pity that, somehow, to settle this once for all, I had equally to re-enumerate the signs of subtlety that, in the afternoon, by the lake had made a miracle of my show of self-possession.
This bow startles a stranger out of his self-possession, the first time it occurs, and he is likely to fall over a chair or something, in his embarrassment, but it pleases him, nevertheless.
He had only thought it was not the treasure, however -- he had not known that it wasn't -- and so the suggestion of a captured bundle was too much for his self-possession.
I still stood absolutely dumfoundered at what appeared to me her miraculous self-possession and most inscrutable hypocrisy, when the cook entered.
The self-possession of her progress downstairs, and the air of habitual authority with which she looked about her, spoke well for her position in Mr.
Devoutly thankful to Heaven for his recovered self-possession, he thought, "There is but another now," and turned to walk again.
I never beheld anything approaching to Miss Mowcher's wink except Miss Mowcher's self-possession.
Not knowing what to do - for, in my astonishment I had lost my self-possession - I reluctantly gave him my hands.