attitudinize

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian attitudine +‎ -ize.

Verb[edit]

attitudinize (third-person singular simple present attitudinizes, present participle attitudinizing, simple past and past participle attitudinized)

  1. (intransitive) To assume an affected, unnatural exaggerated attitude or pose.
    • 1809, Hannah More, Cœlebs in Search of a Wife, The Works of Hannah More, London: T. Cadell, 1830, Volume VII, Chapter 9, p. 73,[1]
      Charlotte, who has the best voice, was brought out to sing, but was placed a little behind, as her person is not quite perfect; Maria, who is the most picturesque figure, was put to attitudinise at the harp []
    • 1880, Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, Hartford: American Publishing Company, Chapter 19, p. 183,[2]
      I was the only one of our party who saw this grand sight; the others were attitudinizing, for the benefit of the long rank of young ladies who were promenading on the bank, and so they lost it.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, New York: Ballantine, 1971, Chapter 14, p. 87,[3]
      “That mean anything to you, Mrs Wade?”
      “Just attitudinizing. He has always been a great admirer of Scott Fitzgerald.”
  2. (transitive) To cause to assume a pose.
    • 1951, Hortense Calisher, “In Greenwich There Are Many Gravelled Walks” in Mid-Century: An Anthology of Distinguished Contemporary American Short Stories, New York: Washington Square Press, 1958, p. 181,[4]
      In Greenwich, there were many gravelled walks, unshrubbed except for the nurses who dotted them, silent and attitudinized as trees.
  3. (transitive) To give the appearance of, make a show of by posing.
    • 1901, Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford, The Inheritors, London: Heinemann, Chapter Eleven, p. 178,[5]
      Radet was a cadaverous, weather-worn, passion-worn individual, badger-grey, and worked up into a grotesquely attitudinised fury of injured self-esteem
    • 1924, Gilbert Frankau, Gerald Cranston’s Lady, Toronto: F.D. Goodchild, Chapter 5,[6]
      While she, one hand on his arm, had been attitudinizing her dutiful gratitude, he—as she suddenly realized—had been deciding to rid her of Fordham.

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