V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: great composure, especially under challenging circumstances

Synonyms: assurance, composure, confidence, poise, coolness

Antonyms: shyness, discomfiture

Tips: Aplomb is derived from the French a plomb, "perpendicular." Think, standing tall, confident, and assured like a perpendicular line (a line that stands straight up 90 degrees) in the face of a difficult situation. Aplomb nearly always carries a positive connotation. It is often preceded by the preposition "with." To say that "somebody has great aplomb" or "handled something with aplomb" is a nice compliment to a person's poise and confidence.

Usage Examples:

Jan handled the awkward situation with aplomb, putting everyone at ease. (composure, assurance)

Although he was nervous and the students were known to be savage, Andrew delivered his first lecture with aplomb. (confidence, poise)

We left Kathy in charge because she has been known to handle difficult situations with aplomb. (composure, confidence)

The novice competitor met the challenge with the aplomb of someone much more seasoned. (confidence, composure)

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