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Examples of aplomb in a Sentence
- 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
- Stefan Soltesz conducts the excellent chorus and orchestra with aplomb, and television director Brian Large does his usual exemplary job. —Alan Wagner, Opera News, November 2001
- During a script conference recounted in the New Yorker piece, Ley fielded a variety of questions with striking aplomb that sometimes verged on arrogance. —Frank Kuznik, Air & Space, April/May 1995
He showed great aplomb in dealing with the reporters.
you've handled a difficult situation with perfect aplomb
Recent Examples of aplomb from the Web
Contentiously, replays showed the centre-back's challenge to be a fairly clean one, but the decision was made, and Portillo slotted the resulting penalty with aplomb.
When four players were arrested in February 2012, Patterson handled the ensuing media melee with aplomb.
Mayer certainly delivered Garcia's playful, calliope-like licks and boyish vocals with aplomb.
So the bottom line is that the 3% stock award was for past deeds that Spiegel completed with aplomb.
Bella Hadid has no shortage of black leather jackets in her closet, as she’s worn biker, trench, and patent leather versions with aplomb.
The latter part of the show, involving a lengthy trip on a Very Wonderful (VW) bus, feels a little overly contrived, with some references that may sail over little heads, but the cast handles it with aplomb.
Boomer plays along, attempting the move with aplomb, although his wingspan and muscle control do not quite match that of his legendary father — yet.
Equipped with optional rear-axle steering, my GTS took the challenging corners of New York’s Bear Mountain with aplomb.
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Did You Know?
In the 19th century, English speakers borrowed aplomb, meaning "composure," from French. "Aplomb" can also mean "perpendicularity" in French and comes from the phrase a plomb, meaning "perpendicularly or literally "according to the plummet." A plummet is a lead weight that is attached to a line and used to determine vertical alignment. Not surprisingly, "aplomb" and English words like "plumber" and the verb "plumb" ("to measure depth" and "to explore critically and minutely") ultimately trace back to the Latin word for lead, "plumbum."
Origin and Etymology of aplomb
First Known Use: 1818See Words from the same year
cockiness, complacence, complacency, conceit, conceitedness, ego, egoism, egotism, hubris, overconfidence, pomposity, pompousness, pride, pridefulness, self-admiration, self-applause, self-assumption, self-complacency, self-conceit, self-consequence, self-content, self-contentment, self-glorification, self-importance, self-opinion, self-partiality, self-satisfaction, smugness, vaingloriousness, vainglory, vanity;
Synonym Discussion of aplomb
- the confidence that comes from long experience
- handled the cross-examination with complete assurance
- answered the insolent question with complete self-possession
- handled the reporters with great aplomb
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