at·​ti·​tu·​di·​nize | \ ˌa-tə-ˈtü-də-ˌnīz How to pronounce attitudinize (audio) , -ˈtyü- \
attitudinized; attitudinizing

Definition of attitudinize

intransitive verb

: to assume an affected mental attitude : pose

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The English word attitude was first used in the 17th century to describe the posture of a sculptured or painted figure. The word was borrowed from French and formed from the Italian word attitudine, meaning "aptitude" or "natural tendency." By the early 18th century, attitude was also being used for the posture a person assumed for a specific purpose. And by mid-century, attitudinarians, people who study and practice attitudes, were being talked about. The verb attitudinize followed in 1784.

First Known Use of attitudinize

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Attitudinize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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