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  • She is handling the new responsibilities with aplomb.
  • Yes, it was she talking, with her customary aplomb, breaking his heart in the drugstore.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Larry juggled my complex visiting schedule with cruise-director aplomb.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • As I was watching from the stands I could only shout my warnings to him, but once they were gone he was perfectly fine as he skated, whipping past my spot with aplomb and cool abandon, his stout little figure apparently unaching, unhurt.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • With magnificent aplomb Fred nodded to Father, the policeman, and me.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • With an aplomb that belied the fact of her near-nudity she slowly reached into her closet and drew on a robe of white terry cloth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Boris was the only person I’d told, in Vegas, how my mother had died — information that to his credit he’d accepted with aplomb; his own life had been so erratic and violent that he didn’t seem all that shocked by the story.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Lieutenant Scheisskopf unveiled his epochal surprise that Sunday with all the aplomb of an experienced impresario.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She stood in the middle of the room in a neon green minidress, leather valise at her feet, with her auburn hair and long limbs, grinning down at me, a shine on her face, and talking, the seams of her voice bursting with aplomb and cheer.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He handles the situation with his usual aplomb.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • Which he does, with great aplomb.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I never knew I could play the vamp, do it so well, flirt with total aplomb, and not only that, but look good doing it.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • And here, before them, stood a man inducing seizures every so often with remarkable aplomb.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • She struck the notes with aplomb, and ran from top to bottom of the keyboard without a break.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Always mature for her age, she had gained a certain aplomb in both carriage and conversation, which made her seem more of a woman of the world than she was, but her old petulance now and then showed itself, her strong will still held its own, and her native frankness was unspoiled by foreign polish.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Farmer played out the rest of his part with aplomb.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "There is nothing to be afraid of," she said with genuine aplomb.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He told his story with perfect aplomb, and it was essentially the same as that of Mr Waverly.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Suddenly elevated into the world of the rich, she moved with an easy, charming propriety, yet had the rare grace and aplomb to make her frequent departures from convention seem amusing instead ofscandalous.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • "I’m very glad to see you and to welcome you to our home," began Mrs. Griffiths with a certain amount of aplomb which years of contact with the local high world had given her at last.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …the kudos of the thing than anything else, what’s bred in the bone instilled into him in infancy at his mother’s knee in the shape of knowing what good form was came out at once because he turned round to the donor and thanked him with perfect aplomb, saying: Thank you, sir, though in a very different tone of voice from the ornament of the legal profession whose headgear Bloom also set to rights earlier in the course of the day, history repeating itself with a difference, after the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Jude Fawley, with the self-conceit, effrontery, and aplomb of a strong-brained fellow in liquor, threw in his remarks somewhat peremptorily; and his aims having been what they were for so many years, everything the others said turned upon his tongue, by a sort of mechanical craze, to the subject of scholarship and study, the extent of his own learning being dwelt upon with an insistence that would have appeared pitiable to himself in his sane hours.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • (All this data, I think, is to some degree relevant.) For all the gaps and years between their individual heydays on the program, it may be said (with few, and no really important, reservations) that all seven of the children had managed to answer over the air a prodigious number of alternately deadly-bookish and deadly-cute questions—sent in by listeners—with a freshness, an aplomb, that was considered unique in commercial radio.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • With admirable aplomb, the gladiator merely tossed the shield aside.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The twenty-eight ostriches of the Midway ostrich farm bore the loss with their usual aplomb.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "Much obliged to meet you, Mister Doan," replied Tacks, with great aplomb.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The Soviet leader is the dashing JFK’s polar opposite in appearance and aplomb.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He smiled weakly, lit a cigarette himself, which was a mistake, if he intended to indicate aplomb.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • She passed a dog walker who handled a brace of elegant gold hounds with the steady aplomb of a seasoned droid.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Nemo seemed to accept this news with aplomb, but Eledir and Falladay Finn, the Dwarf King, were more reserved.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • She did so with an aplomb and charm that would’ve caused a public relations expert to rub his hands together.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • I am not brave enough to give up my skirts just yet, but somehow I know that Felicity shall wear her trousers with aplomb.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • If it hadn’t been that little sister was about the size of the little brown sisters who had scared me in the past, maybe I could have shown aplomb.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • If the years and effort at London had come to naught, he at least knew he had given devoted service, conducting himself with consistent aplomb and dedication.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Her present self-possession and aplomb struck Newman as really infernal, and he inclined to agree with Valentin de Bellegarde that the young lady was very remarkable.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Now that he thought back, the big fellow had walked out in front of the automobile almost tempting it to try and get him, with all the aplomb of-certainly, a bullfighter.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Clara picked up the broken pieces of tureen with her usual aplomb, not showing any sign that she was listening to the stream of curses issuing from Esteban’s lips.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Now that he thought back, the big fellow had walked out in front of title automobile almost tempting it to try and get him, with all the aplomb of—certainly, a bull fighter.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Even at his age he is a vain dog and loves to be beautified, but when he found he was to be left and in Chicago, his ordinary aplomb broke down and he cried out in rage and despair.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • He saw that Mrs. Welland and her sister-in-law were facing their semicircle of critics with the Mingottian APLOMB which old Catherine had inculcated in all her tribe, and that only May Welland betrayed, by a heightened colour (perhaps due to the knowledge that he was watching her) a sense of the gravity of the situation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The Eagle came in at noon on the nose, greeted the senior-class speaker—a former Alabama state attorney general—and then came over to Dr. Morse, who stood with great aplomb and half bowed as he shook the Eagle’s hand—maybe too formal—and the Eagle said, "We’re certainly very glad to have you here," and Maxx replied, "Thank you.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Good in all, In the satisfaction and aplomb of animals, In the annual return of the seasons, In the hilarity of youth, In the strength and flush of manhood, In the grandeur and exquisiteness of old age, In the superb vistas of death.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • His robust aplomb had fascinated the rustics.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He was painfully aware that he lacked the ecclesiastical aplomb and savoir-faire that enabled so many of his colleagues in other faiths and sects to get ahead.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Me Imperturbe Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature, Master of all or mistress of all, aplomb in the midst of irrational things, Imbued as they, passive, receptive, silent as they, Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less important than I thought, Me toward the Mexican sea, or in the Mannahatta or the Tennessee, or far north or inland, A river man, or a man of the woods or of any farm-life of these States or of the coast, or the lakes or Kanada, Me wherever…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
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