[ noun ] a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways




"he had the attitude that work was fun"

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

But even mother 's loving attitude will not always prevent misbehavior .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

`` So_that the man should not have thoughts of grandeur , and become lifted_up , as if he had no lord , because of the dominion that had been given to him , and the freedom , fall into sin against God his Creator , overstepping his bounds , and take_up an attitude of self-conceited arrogance towards God , a law was given him by God , that he might know that he had for lord the lord of all .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

This kind of irresponsibility toward their students can scarcely build a strong professional attitude in the future designer .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

Occasionally there are examples of prevision which cannot be pushed_aside without confessing an unscientific attitude .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

2 ) As a country superimposes its cultural and political attitudes on others , it searches its heritage in hopes of justifying its aggressiveness .

[ noun ] position or arrangement of the body and its limbs


position posture


"he assumed an attitude of surrender"

Used in print

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

Behind him on the steps of the little office sat old_man_Arthur ; he was straight , something angry in his attitude , as if he might be waiting to report something .

[ noun ] a theatrical pose created for effect


"the actor struck just the right attitude"

Used in print

(The Providence Journal...)

The only performance which was too soft for me was that of Yvette_Mimieux , but since someone had to become the victim of despoilers , just to emphasize that such things do happen at these fracases , I suppose this was the attitude the part called_for .

Related terms

affectation attitudinize

[ noun ] position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)

Related terms

orientation trim