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Aplomb

means true to the plumbline, but is generally used to express that self-possession which arises from perfect self-confidence. We also talk of a dancer’s aplomb, meaning that he is a perfect master of his art. (French. à plomb.)

“Here exists the best stock in the world … men of aplomb and reserve, of great range and many moods, of strong instincts, yet apt for culture.”—Emerson: English Traits, p. 130.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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A ontrance. (French.)
Ape
Apellēs
Apemantus
A-per-se
Apex
Aphrodite
Apioius
A-pigga-back
Apis
Aplomb
Apocalyptic Number
Apocrypha
Apollinarians
Apollo
Apollo Belvidere [Bel-ve-dear]
Apollodoros
Apollonius
Apollyon
Apostate (The)
A posteriori [Latin, from the latter]