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Monday, December 11, 2000

Definitions for equipoise

  1. A state of being equally balanced; equilibrium; -- as of moral, political, or social interests or forces.
  2. Counterbalance.

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Citations for equipoise
What matters is the poetry, and the truest readings of it "are those which are sensitive to the strangeness of Marvell's genius: its delicate equipoise, held between the sensual and the abstract, its refusal to treat experience too tidily, the uncanny tremor of implication that makes the poems' lucid surfaces shimmer with a sense of something undefined and undefinable just beneath." James A. Winn, New York Times
I cannot see how the unequal representation which is given to masses on account of wealth becomes the means of preserving the equipoise and the tranquillity of the commonwealth. Edmund Burke,
Origin of equipoise
Equipoise is equi-, "equal" + poise, from Middle English poisen, "to balance, weigh," from Old French peser, pois-, ultimately from Latin pensare, "to weigh."
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