pose
I. verb (posed; posing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French poser, from Vulgar Latin *pausare, from Late Latin, to stop, rest, pause, from Latin pausa pause Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to set forth or offer for attention or consideration <
let me pose a question
>
b. to come to attention as ; present <
smoking poses a health risk
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2. a. to put or set in place b. to place (as a model) in a studied attitude intransitive verb 1. to assume a posture or attitude usually for artistic purposes 2. to affect an attitude or character usually to deceive or impress <
posed as a doctor to gain access to the ward
>
II. noun Date: 1818 1. a sustained posture; especially one assumed for artistic effect 2. an attitude, role, or characteristic assumed for effect Synonyms: pose, air, airs, affectation, mannerism mean an adopted way of speaking or behaving. pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others <
her shyness was just a pose
>
. air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life <
a traveler's sophisticated air
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. airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness <
snobbish airs
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. affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere <
the posh accent is an affectation
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. mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit <
gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism
>
. III. transitive verb (posed; posing) Etymology: short for earlier appose, from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen to oppose Date: 1593 puzzle, baffle

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