aplomb


aplomb

noun \ə-ˈpläm, -ˈpləm\

: confidence and skill shown especially in a difficult situation

Full Definition of APLOMB

:  complete and confident composure or self-assurance :  poise

Examples of APLOMB

  1. He showed great aplomb in dealing with the reporters.
  2. <you've handled a difficult situation with perfect aplomb>
  3. In The Most Famous Man in America, Applegate, a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale, tells this grand story with aplomb, intelligence and a sure feel for historical context. —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review, 16 July 2006

Origin of APLOMB

French, literally, perpendicularity, from Middle French, from a plomb, literally, according to the plummet
First Known Use: 1823

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