One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Adopt or express a particular attitude or attitudes, typically just for effect.‘her column is an exercise in smug attitudinizing’
make-believe, act, putting on an act, acting, dissembling, shamming, sham, faking, feigning, simulation, falsification, dissimulation, invention, imagination, self-deception, play-acting, posturing, posture, posing, pose, cant, attitudinizingView synonyms
- ‘He loved to strike poses, to attitudinize, and in these last years allowed his imagination to run riot.’
- ‘Her plays have been eccentric, attitudinizing, overambitious.’
- ‘Two readers have separately directed us to a column in today's New York Times, an utterly worthless piece of pseudo-sophisticated attitudinizing.’
- ‘First, there is a strong attitudinizing on the part of rappers in France.’
- ‘Larry Pine is an attitudinizing actor relying overmuch on a charm he doesn't quite have.’
- ‘This attitudinising was part of a generation who were quite sincere and ‘objectively’ correct, yet were somewhat out of touch with the realities of the people.’
- ‘When it was first shown, their work seemed to represent a new low in superficiality and attitudinizing.’
- ‘Even now my friends in the North would be preparing work, talking and arguing and attitudinizing, while I went unsteadily on by myself.’
- ‘Instead of attitudinizing for the cameras, he would rather sit in a dark room listening to the strategic counsel of his old buddy.’
- ‘They were brave because they resisted formula and eschewed attitudinising.’
- ‘The play attitudinizes, pontificates, mystifies, and bores.’
- ‘It is very easy for us in the media to attitudinise because we have always got the escape hatch of saying, well it is not our job to prescribe.’
- ‘It deserves an appropriately respectful and thoughtful response that goes beyond attitudinising.’
- ‘Miró stood apart from the other members of the movement in the variety, geniality, and lack of attitudinizing in his work.’
- ‘That Helen had not been happy in her marriage to Menelaus is revealed not only by what she says, but also by the male chauvinistic and over-bearing attitudinising of Menelaus when he meets her.’
- ‘While most of the other panelists attitudinized, he got down to brass tacks.’
- ‘The column is an exercise in smug attitudinizing that makes clear its writer thinks slightly higher of himself than the evidence warrants.’
- ‘It contains a certain amount of typical French pseudo-psychological attitudinising.’
Late 16th century: from Italian attitudine (see attitude) + -ize.
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