attitude[at′ə to̵̅o̅d′, -tyo̵̅o̅d′]
Passion for a sport, dislike for a certain actor and negativity toward life in general are each an example of an attitude.
- the position or posture assumed by the body in connection with an action, feeling, mood, etc.: to kneel in an attitude of prayer
- a manner of acting, feeling, or thinking that shows one's disposition, opinion, etc.: a friendly attitude
- one's disposition, opinion, mental set, etc.
- Aeron. the position of an aircraft or spacecraft in relation to a given line or plane, as the horizon
- Ballet a position in which one leg is raised with the knee bent and the arms are extended
- a quarrelsome or sullen disposition or temperament
- a posture or pose of being cocky, haughty, etc.
Origin of attitudeFrench ; from Italian attitudine, attitude, aptness ; from Late Latin aptitudo (gen. aptitudinis) ; from Classical Latin aptus, apt
strike an attitude
- a. A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition: has a positive attitude about work; kept a dignified attitude throughout the crisis.b. Arrogant or aggressive disposition or behavior: One customer with a lot of attitude really tried my patience.
- a. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.b. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
- a. The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.b. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.
Origin of attitudeFrench, from Italian attitudine, from Late Latin aptitūdō, aptitūdin-, faculty; see aptitude.
front attitude en pointe
(countable and uncountable, plural attitudes)
- The position of the body or way of carrying oneself; posture.
- The ballet dancer walked with a graceful attitude
- Disposition or state of mind.
- ... but had a lazy attitude to work.
- (uncountable, countable) A negative, irritating, or irritated attitude; posturing.
- Don't give me your attitude.
- You've got some attitude, girl !
- (aeronautics, nautical, engineering) The orientation of a vehicle or other object relative to the horizon, direction of motion, other objects, etc.
- The airliner had to land with a nose-up attitude after the incident.
- (ballet) A position similar to arabesque, but with the raised leg bent at the knee.
(third-person singular simple present attitudes, present participle attituding, simple past and past participle attituded)