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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
Davis responded to the first challenge of the dawning year with aplomb.
After Luiz picked up a knee injury against Qarabag in the Champions League, young Danish star Andreas Christensen has flourished for the Blues - slotting into their back-three with aplomb.
This time, the pressure falls on the Tigers’ side as first-year starter Kelly Bryant has handled the pressure of following in the enormous footsteps of Deshaun Watson with aplomb.
Sienna Miller, looking like summer itself, circulated with aplomb.
In every instance, the car, not surprisingly, managed the situation with aplomb.
Fans of Lettuce Entertain You's late, great Brasserie Jo know that a massive restaurant company with a diverse portfolio can pull off a fake brasserie with aplomb.
The spatial-audio mix afforded by Atmos handles all of the album's extremes with equal aplomb.
Since making the shock switch from Chelsea to Mourinho's new side, the 29-year-old has been in sensational form, playing the role of midfield enforcer 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
Synonymsequanimity, calmness, collectedness, composedness, composure, cool, coolness, countenance, equilibrium, imperturbability, placidity, repose, sangfroid, self-composedness, self-possession, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility), tranquilness
Antonymsagitation, discomposure, perturbation
Related Wordsassurance, confidence, poise, self-assurance, self-assuredness, self-confidence, self-trust; easygoingness, laid-backness; apathy, detachment, impassivity, indifference, insensibility, numbness, phlegm, unconcern
Near Antonymsalarm (also alarum), anxiety, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, care, concern, disquiet, solicitude, uneasiness, worry; excitability, excitableness, nervousness; disturbance
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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