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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of counterpoise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. brought into equipoise by means of a weight or force that offsets another


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  • When Zeus decides who should die in a battle, he weighs the souls of the warriors in counterpoised scale pans until one outweighs the other.

    Professor Edith Hall, one of Britain's top classicists, quits in row over university budget cuts

  • As Bailar and Gornik probed their own data further, they began to discern such forces counterpoised against each other with almost exquisite precision.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • But that was not what held them counterpoised in this intensity of anger and hostility, so strange to both of them, and causing them both such indignant pain.

    His Disposition

  • The balance was perfect, cunningly counterpoised and never accidental.

    Speaking in Tongues

  • Edgar, who in this distress, read an ingenuousness of nature that counterpoised its romantic enthusiasm, felt for the young man, and taking


  • A product of the Reagan-Bush era, she's been steadily counterpoised to the of the right.


  • Wasn't there a brutally tyrannical rabbit society counterpoised to the longed-for, sought-after egalitarian rabbit utopia?

    BEA/ALA, booksellers, librarians

  • To develop this observation a bit further, the nation implied by the document would be an elective dictatorship, governed not by three counterpoised branches of government but by a secretive, possibly benign, awesomely powerful king.

    January 2006

  • It is counterpoised, we know, against the competing narrative of "the worst is behind us" or "this will be a mild correction" and so forth.

    The Big Picture

  • Far too much tedious descriptions of the world counterpoised against some difficult to imagine (read poorly described) action scenarios.

    REVIEW: Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton


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