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aplomb
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Definition confidence and competence
  • She is handling the new responsibilities with aplomb.
  • 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
  • Yes, it was she talking, with her customary aplomb, breaking his heart in the drugstore.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The twenty-eight ostriches of the Midway ostrich farm bore the loss with their usual aplomb.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Which he does, with great aplomb.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • With admirable aplomb, the gladiator merely tossed the shield aside.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 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
  • 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
  • And here, before them, stood a man inducing seizures every so often with remarkable aplomb.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Farmer played out the rest of his part with aplomb.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • 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
  • The Soviet leader is the dashing JFK's polar opposite in appearance and aplomb.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Larry juggled my complex visiting schedule with cruise-director aplomb.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "There is nothing to be afraid of," she said with genuine aplomb.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • With magnificent aplomb Fred nodded to Father, the policeman, and me.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Much obliged to meet you, Mister Doan," replied Tacks, with great aplomb.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Lieutenant Scheisskopf unveiled his epochal surprise that Sunday with all the aplomb of an experienced impresario.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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