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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 counterpoise, equilibration, equilibrium, equipoise, balance, stasisRelated Words counterbalance, offset; firmness, fixedness, security, stability, steadinessNear Antonyms changeability, fluctuation, inconstancy, insecurity, instability, mutability, precariousness, shakiness, unsteadiness, volatilityAntonyms 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 attitude, carriage, posture, stance, stationRelated Words attention; body language; pose, seat; bearing, behavior, conduct, demeanor, deportment; air, posture, presence; aspect, look, mien


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 brace, forearm, nerve, fortify, psych (up), ready, steel, strengthenRelated Words 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 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 drift, glide, hang, hover, float, ride, sail, swim, waftRelated Words bob, dangle, suspend; buoy; balloon, raftNear Antonyms dive, lunge, plunge; dip, immerse, submerge, submerseAntonyms settle, sink


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