- the way a person holds and positions their body
- 1609, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
- : As if that whatsoever god who leads him / Were slily crept into his human powers, / And gave him graceful .
- 1689 (or earlier), Aphra Behn, Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
- : ...walking in a most dejected , without a band, unbraced, his arms a-cross his open breast, and his eyes bent to the floor;
- 1895, Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
- : Rise, sir, from this semi-recumbent . It is most indecorous.
- a situation or condition
- 1905, David Graham Phillips, The Deluge
- : Even as I was reading these fables of my millions, there lay on the desk before me a statement of the exact of my affairs...
- 1910, H.G. Wells, The History of Mr Polly
- : Uncle Jim stopped amazed. His brain did not instantly rise to the new of things.
- one's attitude or the social or political position one takes towards an issue or another person
- 1651, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
- : ...that is, their Forts, Garrisons, and Guns upon the Frontiers of their Kingdomes; and continuall Spyes upon their neighbours; which is a of War.
- 1912, G.K. Chesterton, A Miscellany of Men
- : But it is not true, no sane person can call it true, that man as a whole in his general attitude towards the world, in his towards death or green fields, towards the weather or the baby, will be wise to cultivate dissatisfaction.
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