counterpoise :

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  • n  a weight that balances another weight
  • v  constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to

  • Madigan is not afraid to let the audience dislike her abrasiveness, while Sheedy uses patience and stillness as a counterpoise.
  • She is the perfect counterpoise, an off-the-rack Garbo who would have turned even Camille into a wild giggle.
  • The counterpoise to these exquisitely delicate objects is the 1,000-year-old, 1,200-lb.

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