American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
- n. A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work.
- n. An arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition.
- n. The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
- n. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
- n. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Posture or position of the body, or the manner in which its parts are disposed; especially, a posture or position as indicating emotion, purpose, etc., or as appropriate to the performance of some act.
- n. Hence Any condition of things or relation of persons viewed as the expression of, or as affecting, feeling, opinion, intentions, etc.
- n. In geology, the particular position or relation which the land bears at any time to the ocean. The geologist's point of view is that the and either has emerged from the oceanic waters or is to be again buried by them, and therefore at any particular time assumes an attitude with relation to the ocean. The term is also applied to the position and structural relations of any bed or mass of rock to others.
- n. The position of the body or way of carrying oneself; posture.
- n. Disposition or state of mind.
- n. uncountable, countable A negative, irritating, or irritated attitude; posturing.
- n. aeronautics, nautical, engineering The orientation of a vehicle or other object relative to the horizon, direction of motion, other objects, etc.
- n. ballet A position similar to arabesque, but with the raised leg bent at the knee.
- v. To assume or to place in a particular position or orientation; to pose.
- v. To express an attitude through one's posture, bearing, tone of voice, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paint. & <ex>Sculp</ex>.) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue.
- n. The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose
- n. Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood
- n. a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
- n. the arrangement of the body and its limbs
- n. a theatrical pose created for effect
- n. position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
- From French attitude, from Italian attitudine ("attitude, aptness"), from Medieval Latin aptitudo ("aptitude"); see aptitude. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitūdō, aptitūdin-, faculty; see aptitude. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sports writers are even more left wing than political journalists, so viewing their political opinions as somehow signifying a popular shift in attitude is a mistake.”
“On the Sunday morning news shows, massive change in attitude from the Dems.”
“One of the major reasons for this change in attitude is that there's more money around.”
“For some, it is an easy shorthand for a change in attitude from the search for growth - which largely meant industrial and material growth - toward a society whose values are less materialistic and more concerned with the quality of life and the environment.”
“Thomas was the first to make fruitful use of the term attitude, which he defined as a "tendency to act.”
“I think this attitude is an immense barrier to entry.”
“This attitude is all the more pronounced in those who hold leadership positions in the gay rights movement, as their life's work depends upon the notion that we are always and everywhere oppressed.”
“What they miss out on with this attitude is the joy that results from the effort.”
“He contrasts this with "destructively arrogant," which he defines as an attitude that lacks empathy and reeks of insolence and vanity.”
“And one other thing while I am at it, Sir, your attitude is the exact reason I left Ohio to return the Chattanooga after 2 years.”
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