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poise

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of poise

  1. 1 a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another there must be a poise between the rights of the individual and the rights of society Synonyms of poise counterpoise, equilibration, equilibrium, equipoise, balance, stasisWords Related to poise counterbalance, offset; firmness, fixedness, security, stability, steadinessNear Antonyms of poise changeability, fluctuation, inconstancy, insecurity, instability, mutability, precariousness, shakiness, unsteadiness, volatilityAntonyms of poise disequilibration, disequilibrium, imbalance, nonequilibrium, unbalance

  2. 2 a general way of holding the body the woman's poise suggested that she was accustomed to having her wishes carried out promptly and without question Synonyms of poise attitude, carriage, posture, stance, stationWords Related to poise attention; body language; pose, seat; bearing, behavior, conduct, demeanor, deportment; air, posture, presence; aspect, look, mien

Synonym Discussion of poise

tact, address, poise, savoir faire mean skill and grace in dealing with others. tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate.
    • questions showing a lack of tact
address stresses dexterity and grace in dealing with new and trying situations and may imply success in attaining one's ends.
    • brought it off with remarkable address
poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations.
    • answered the accusations with unruffled poise
savoir faire is likely to stress worldly experience and a sure awareness of what is proper or expedient.
    • the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler

poise

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of poise

  1. 1 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally the disgraced business executive poised herself for the difficult press conference Synonyms of poise brace, forearm, nerve, fortify, psych (up), ready, steel, strengthenWords Related to poise arm; harden, inure, season, toughen; bolster, boost, buoy (up), buttress, enforce, prop (up), reinforce (also reenforce), support, sustain; cheer (up), comfort, embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire; rally, rouse, stirNear Antonyms of poise daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, psych (out), shake, unnerve; debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, undercut, undermine, weaken

  2. 2 to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air the falcon poised in the air for an instant before diving to attack its prey Synonyms of poise drift, glide, hang, hover, float, ride, sail, swim, waftWords Related to poise bob, dangle, suspend; buoy; balloon, raftNear Antonyms of poise dive, lunge, plunge; dip, immerse, submerge, submerseAntonyms of poise settle, sink



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