V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. grace and balance in the way someone moves or stands; 2. confidence, calm, and composure, especially in dealing with social situations
Synonyms: grace, elegance, dignity, balance, posture, composure, self-assurance, aplomb, polish, confidence
Antonyms: imbalance, clumsiness, insecurity
Tips: Poise is derived from the Old French pois, which means "weight, balance." Poise has come to mean "grace and balance" because of the gracefulness of equally distributed weight. Think of the related word posture. In the physical sense of the word, someone who is poised should have good posture. In the emotional sense, poise refers to composure and self-confidence.
The models at the fashion show walked with confidence and poise. (grace, self-assurance)
He was a great public speaker, thanks to his poise and wit. (composure, confidence)
Her best quality is that she can remain poised under pressure. (composed) adjective
She joined ballet in order to improve her poise and grace. (posture, balance)
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