posture

  1. characteristic way of bearing one's body

    Synonyms : bearing, carriage
    Type Of : bodily property
    Examples :
    • stood with good posture
  2. capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

    Synonyms : military capability, military posture, military strength, strength
    Type Of : capableness, capability
    Examples :
    • politicians have neglected our military posture
  3. a rationalized mental attitude

    Synonyms : position, stance
    Type Of : mental attitude, attitude
  4. the arrangement of the body and its limbs

    Synonyms : attitude, position
    Type Of : bodily property
  5. assume a posture as for artistic purposes

    Synonyms : model, pose, sit
    Type Of : display, expose, exhibit
  6. behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

    Synonyms : pose
    Type Of : conduct, deport, comport, carry, behave, bear, acquit
    Examples :
    • She postured and made a total fool of herself

pertain

  1. be relevant to

    Synonyms : bear on, come to, concern, have to do with, refer, relate, touch, touch on
    Examples :
    • My remark pertained to your earlier comments
  2. be a part or attribute of

    Synonyms : appertain
    Type Of : belong, belong to

paean

  1. a formal expression of praise

    Synonyms : encomium, eulogy, panegyric, pean
    Type Of : praise, congratulations, kudos, extolment
  2. (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)

    Synonyms : pean
    Type Of : hymn, anthem

plaintive

  1. expressing sorrow

    Synonyms : mournful

pedagogy

  1. the profession of a teacher

    Synonyms : instruction, teaching
    Type Of : education
    Examples :
    • pedagogy is recognized as an important profession
  2. the principles and methods of instruction

    Synonyms : pedagogics, teaching method
    Type Of : method
  3. the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill

    Synonyms : didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, teaching
    Type Of : activity

pastiche

  1. a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources

    Synonyms : medley, potpourri
    Type Of : composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
  2. a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work

    Type Of : work of art

probity

  1. complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles

    Type Of : integrity
    Examples :
    • in a world where financial probity may not be widespread
    • he enjoys an exaggerated reputation for probity

plumb

  1. exactly

    Synonyms : plum
    Examples :
    • fell plumb in the middle of the puddle
  2. completely; used as intensifiers

    Synonyms : clean, plum
    Examples :
    • I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out
  3. the metal bob of a plumb line

    Synonyms : plumb bob, plummet
    Type Of : bob
  4. adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical

    Type Of : correct, set, adjust
  5. exactly vertical

    Examples :
    • the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb
  6. examine thoroughly and in great depth

    Type Of : explore
  7. measure the depth of something

    Type Of : measure, quantify
  8. weight with lead

    Type Of : burden, weight, weight down, burthen

puissance

  1. power to influence or coerce

    Type Of : power, powerfulness
    Examples :
    • the puissance of the labor vote

penchant

  1. a strong liking

    Synonyms : predilection, preference, taste
    Type Of : liking
    Examples :
    • the Irish have a penchant for blarney