American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To assume an affected attitude; posture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pose; strike or practise attitudes.
- To be affected in deportment or speech.
- Also spelled attitudinise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To assume affected attitudes; to strike an attitude; to pose.
- v. assume certain affected attitudes
- From Italian attitudine + -ize. (Wiktionary)
“In fact, because of a psychological predisposition, he was bound to arrive at the functionally desirable result, yet because he had to “attitudinize to himself,” he “wast[ed] time, proceed[ed] unnecessarily by indirection, and burn[t] up his energies needlessly.””
“In the same church I had the misfortune to see in the boxes a pair of horrible mummies, decked off with robes and ornaments -- a count of Nassau-Saarwerden and his daughter, according to the custodian -- an unhappy pair who, having escaped our common doom of corruption by some physical aridity or meagreness, have been compelled to leave their tombs and attitudinize as works of art.”
“Here and there a more or less circular space has been swept clear, and on each space a batch of skaters whirl and attitudinize, the uncleared interspaces of snow-covered, impracticable ice given up to miscellaneous loafers.”
“What a burst of eloquence!" exclaimed Frank, who, on the first sound of the kingly voice, had begun to attitudinize; while Trevannion gazed on his friend with a quiet, gentlemanly air of inquiry, that was not to be put out of countenance by any circumstance how ludicrous soever,”
“We are compelled to let several English sailors pass before us, decked out in their white drill clothes, fresh, fat, and pink, like little sugar figures, who attitudinize in a sheepish manner around the shafts of the columns.”
“Thus the newspaper man, wearily certain that regardless of what he asks or how he asks it, he will hear for answers only the clumsy asininities behind which the personalities, leaders and sacred white cows pompously attitudinize, gets so that he mumbles a bit incoherently.”
“She was very corseted, very mannered, and quick to attitudinize.”
“A bird seldom sings when watched, and Nature is no coquette, and will not ogle and attitudinize when stared at.”
“Effeminacy, softness, and caprice attitudinize before us.”
“* She seemed, however, to be taking her misery philosophically, when I went over to see her this morning, and has gone into town this evening to console herself by seeing the ballad of the "Mistletoe Bough," acted in pantomime, by a parcel of very pretty girls, who are to gesticulate and attitudinize through the whole, while the ballad is sung or declaimed by somebody, after the fashion of the Greek chorus.”
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