self-possessed


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having a firm belief in one's own powers

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in full control of your faculties

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So, as she slightly laughed and afterwards sat looking at the rain, she was as self-possessed and as free to occupy herself with her own thoughts as if she had been alone.
Before she reached the door she turned back, and stood facing him, self-possessed, and yet defiant and formidable in her composure.
Lydgate was almost forgetting that he must carry on the conversation, in thinking how lovely this creature was, her garment seeming to be made out of the faintest blue sky, herself so immaculately blond, as if the petals of some gigantic flower had just opened and disclosed her; and yet with this infantine blondness showing so much ready, self-possessed grace.
Immediately Tudor's monkey-like impishness left him, and he was once more the cool, self-possessed man of the world.
The difference between them lay in that she was cool and self-possessed while his face flushed to the roots of the hair.
He was too self-possessed, too strongly poised in his own isolation.
The doctor, ordinarily the most mellifluous and self-possessed of men, flew into a violent, roaring, cursing passion, on this occasion--declared that I was imperiling the honor and standing of the family--insisted on my never drawing another caricature, either for public or private purposes, as long as I lived; and ordered me to go forthwith and ask pardon of Lady Malkinshaw in the humblest terms that it was possible to select.
Ferrari mastered her own throbbing heart; stepped over the threshold, conscious of her clammy hands, dry lips, and burning head; and stood in the presence of Lord Montbarry's widow, to all outward appearance as supremely self-possessed as her ladyship herself.
But he managed to appear so calm and easy, so respectful and self-possessed in his friendliness, that, though a little surprised, I was neither alarmed nor offended at the unusual liberty, and he walked with me under the ash-trees and by the water-side, and talked, with considerable animation, good taste, and intelligence, on many subjects, before I began to think about getting rid of him.
There was a self-possessed young lady connected with these accessories; and Pitcher was there to construe her.
I studied her myself, and though it was I who maintained the conversation, I know that I was a bit shy, not quite self-possessed.
In spite of the heat of the room, he wore a thick sea-jacket, buttoned to the neck, and a tall hairy cap drawn down over his ears; yet I never saw any man, not even a judge upon the bench, look cooler, or more studious and self-possessed, than this ship-captain.
What had become of his always self-possessed resolute manner, and the carelessly serene expression of his face?
Jasper, quiet and self-possessed, looks to Neville, as expecting his answer or comment.
The one social obligation which he seemed to be self-possessed enough to perform as carefully as ever was the obligation of being persistently civil and attentive to me.