ETYM French, lit. perpendicularity; a to + plomb lead. Related to Plumb.
Great coolness and composure under strain; SYN. assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid, self-possession.
Aggressive self-assurance; given to making bold assertions; SYN. self-assertiveness.
ETYM Old Eng. assumpcioun a taking up into heaven, Latin assumptio a taking, from assumere: cf. French assomption. Related to Assume.
1. A hypothesis that is taken for granted; SYN. supposition.
2. The act of taking possession of or power over something; SYN. laying claim.
ETYM Old Eng. assuraunce, French assurance, from assurer. Related to Assure.
1. A British term for some kinds of insurance.
2. A binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something; SYN. pledge.
3. A statement intended to inspire confidence.
4. Freedom from doubt; belief in oneself and one's abilities; SYN. self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness.
ETYM Old Eng. cheke, cheoke, AS. ceŕce, ceňce; cf. Goth. kukjan to kiss, Dutch kaak cheek; perh. akin to Eng. chew, jaw.
1. The fleshy pouches on either side of the face below the eyes.
2. (British) Impudence; audacity.