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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Attitude \At"ti*tude\, n. [It. attitudine, LL. aptitudo, fr. L.
aptus suited, fitted: cf. F. attitude. Cf. Aptitude.]
1. (Paint. & Sculp.) The posture, action, or disposition of a
figure or a statue.
2. 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; as, a
threatening attitude; an attitude of entreaty.
3. Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood; as,
in times of trouble let a nation preserve a firm attitude;
one's mental attitude in respect to religion.
The attitude of the country was rapidly changing.
--J. R. Green.
To strike an attitude, to take an attitude for mere effect.
Syn: Attitude, Posture.
Usage: Both of these words describe the visible disposition
of the limbs. Posture relates to their position
merely; attitude refers to their fitness for some
specific object. The object of an attitude is to set
forth exhibit some internal feeling; as, attitude of
wonder, of admiration, of grief, etc. It is,
therefore, essentially and designedly expressive. Its
object is the same with that of gesture; viz., to hold
forth and represent. Posture has no such design. If we
speak of posture in prayer, or the posture of
devotion, it is only the natural disposition of the
limbs, without any intention to show forth or exhibit.
'T is business of a painter in his choice of
attitudes (positur[ae]) to foresee the effect
and harmony of the lights and shadows. --Dryden.
Never to keep the body in the same posture half
an hour at a time. --Bacon.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and
values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the
attitude that work was fun" [syn: attitude, mental
2: the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an
attitude of surrender" [syn: position, posture,
3: a theatrical pose created for effect; "the actor struck just
the right attitude"
4: position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of
reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
79 Moby Thesaurus words for "attitude":
air, approach, aspect, assumption, azimuth, bearing, bearings,
bent, bias, carriage, celestial navigation, climate of opinion,
color, common belief, community sentiment, conceit, concept,
conception, conclusion, consensus gentium, consideration,
dead reckoning, demeanor, disposition, estimate, estimation, ethos,
exposure, eye, feeling, fix, frontage, general belief, idea,
impression, inclination, judgment, lay, leaning, lie, lights,
line of position, mind, mystique, notion, observation, opinion,
orientation, personal judgment, pilotage, point of view,
popular belief, port, pose, position, position line, posture,
predilection, prejudice, prepossession, presence, presumption,
prevailing belief, public belief, public opinion, radio bearing,
reaction, sentiment, set, sight, stance, stand, tendency, theory,
thinking, thought, view, viewpoint, way of thinking
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