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attitudinize

[at-i-tood-n-ahyz, -tyood-]
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verb (used without object), at·ti·tu·di·nized, at·ti·tu·di·niz·ing.
  1. to assume attitudes; pose for effect.
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Also especially British, at·ti·tu·di·nise.

Origin of attitudinize

1775–85; attitudin- (see attitudinarian) + -ize
Related formsat·ti·tu·di·niz·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He was compelled the while to attitudinize incessantly as a genius.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • Then Ma, seizing a sword, began to attitudinize, smearing his face all over with coal-dust.

  • Ma then got up and began to attitudinize, singing a plaintive air like the girls with the turbans.

  • A bird seldom sings when watched, and Nature is no coquette, and will not ogle and attitudinize when stared at.

  • A jay would alight in the entrance of the hole and flirt and peer and attitudinize, and then flyaway crying "Thief, thief, thief!"


British Dictionary definitions for attitudinize

attitudinize

attitudinise

verb
  1. (intr) to adopt a pose or opinion for effect; strike an attitude
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Derived Formsattitudinizer or attitudiniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for attitudinize

v.

1784, from attitudinal + -ize. Related: Attitudinized; attitudinizing.

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