(Latin: a suffix that denotes an act or result, result of the act of)

composure (s) (noun), composures (pl)
1. A calm or tranquil state of mind; self-possession or self-control: Harriet's composure was shown by her relaxed and comfortable behavior even when she was under pressure to complete her chemistry assignment in the laboratory.
2. Steadiness of mind under stress: Celia's father accepted her problems with composure and her mother also reacted with equanimity.
3. Calm and steady control over the emotions: As a social worker, it takes strong composure to listen to the information that clients provide about their hazardous lives.
A calmness or repose; especially, the appearance of being that way.
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A calm tranquility and state of mind.
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Self control and equanimity under a difficult situation.
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A body of persons invested with the power of making the laws of a country or state; specifically, (U.S.) the legislative body of a State or Territory, as distinguished from Congress.
literature (s) (noun), literatures (pl)
1. Written works including poems, dramas, and novels which have high significance and lasting importance: Shirley is taking courses in history and English literature all of which are providing her with an appreciation for well-known authors, such as Shakespeare.
2. Books, articles, etc., about particular subjects: Such written discourses in the fields of medicine, science, and technology can also be considered to be literature.
nature (s) (noun), natures (pl)
1. The natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization: The story that Harry was reading was about what nature was like before people decided to change and modify it to a large extent.
2. The elements of the natural world: Jill and her family went on camping vacations to see and enjoy the great variety and beauties of nature, such as the mountains, trees, animals, and rivers.
3. The basic character of something: The police didn't make any comments on the nature of the accident being investigated.
4. The processes that create and control the phenomena of the material world: Alfred learned in his biology class at school how the balance of nature functioned.
primogeniture (s) (noun), primogenitures (pl)
1. The legal or customary right of inheritance or succession by the firstborn son of a family: Because he and his wife only had daughters, Lord Seymore was puzzled about the custom of primogeniture in terms of the family estate.
2. The patrilineal mode of succession by which the right of inheritance pertains to the firstborn son of a family, to the exclusion of females: In older times, the lord of an estate might legally adopt a male child in order to preserve the custom of primogeniture when determining the terms of his will with respect to the inheritance of his property.
3. Etymology: from Latin, “firstborn”; from primus, “first” + genitura, “birth”.
rupture, rupture; ruptured; rupturing (verbs)
1. The process or instance of breaking open or bursting.
2. The state of being broken open.
3. A breaking off of friendly, or peaceful, relations; such as, between countries or individuals.
4. In pathology, a hernia; especially, of the groin or intestines.
5. A tear in an organ or a tissue; such as, a rupture of an appendix or a ligament rupture: "Gilbert is critically ill with a ruptured appendix."
1. The sacred writings of the Bible.
2. A passage from the Bible.
3. Any sacred writing or book.
structure (s), structures (pl) (noun forms)
1. Something which is large; such as, a building, a bridge, a framework, or other construction which is built from many different parts.
2. The way in which the parts of something are organized or arranged into a whole or the way in which the different parts of something link or work together, or the fact of being linked together.
3. A reference to the way the parts of a work of literature or art are organized.
4. An organization or system which is made up of many interrelated parts that work together or function as a whole.
torture (s) (noun), tortures (pl)