prowess


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prow·ess

 (prou′ĭs)
n.
1. Superior skill or ability.
2. Superior strength, courage, or daring, especially in battle.

[Middle English prowesse, from Old French proesse, from prud, prou, brave; see proud.]

prowess

(ˈpraʊɪs)
n
1. outstanding or superior skill or ability
2. bravery or fearlessness, esp in battle
[C13: from Old French proesce, from prou good; see proud]

prow•ess

(ˈpraʊ ɪs)

n.
1. exceptional ability, skill, or strength.
2. exceptional valor or bravery, esp. in combat or battle.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French proesse, proece goodness, bravery =prou prow2 + -esse < Latin -itia -ice]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prowess - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observationprowess - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"
airmanship, aviation - the art of operating aircraft
eristic - the art of logical disputation (especially if specious)
falconry - the art of training falcons to hunt and return
fortification - the art or science of strengthening defenses
homiletics - the art of preaching
horology - the art of designing and making clocks
minstrelsy - the art of a minstrel
musicianship - artistry in performing music
enology, oenology - the art of wine making
puppetry - the art of making puppets and presenting puppet shows
taxidermy - the art of mounting the skins of animals so that they have lifelike appearance
telescopy - the art of making and using telescopes
ventriloquism, ventriloquy - the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)
superior skill - more than ordinary ability

prowess

prowess

noun
1. Skillfulness in the use of the hands or body:
2. The quality or state of being heroic:
Translations
بَراعَه، مَهارَة، قُدْرَه
obratnostzdatnost
overlegenhed
hæfni, hæfileiki
prasmeveiklība
zdatnosť

prowess

[ˈpraʊɪs] N
1. (= skill) → habilidad f, capacidad f
2. (= courage) → valor m

prowess

[ˈpraʊəs] nprouesses fpl
his prowess as a footballer → ses prouesses de footballeur
sexual prowess → prouesses sexuelles

prowess

n (= skill)Fähigkeiten pl, → Können nt; (= courage)Tapferkeit f; his (sexual) prowessseine Potenz, seine Manneskraft

prowess

[ˈpraʊɪs] n (skill) his prowess as a footballerle sue capacità di calciatore

prowess

(ˈprauis) noun
skill or ability. athletic prowess.
References in classic literature ?
Each one in presence seated himself, as though ashamed of his precipitation; but it was many minutes before their meaning eyes ceased to roll toward their captive, in curious examination of a warrior who had so often proved his prowess on the best and proudest of their nation.
One of the stanchest patrons was little Ned Higgins, the devourer of Jim Crow and the elephant, who to-day signalized his omnivorous prowess by swallowing two dromedaries and a locomotive.
He strolled about and talked with them, and the biggest of them told tales of their prowess, while those who were weaker, or younger and inexperienced, gathered round and listened in admiring silence.
The most conspicuously situated lady in that massed flower-bed of feminine show and finery inclined her head by way of assent, and then the spokesman of the prisoners delivered himself and his fellows into her hands for free pardon, ransom, captivity, or death, as she in her good pleasure might elect; and this, as he said, he was doing by command of Sir Kay the Senes- chal, whose prisoners they were, he having vanquished them by his single might and prowess in sturdy conflict in the field.
A person whose goodness consists rather in his guiltlessness of vice, than in his prowess in virtue.
Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd Thir dread Commander: he above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent Stood like a Towr; his form had yet not lost All her Original brightness, nor appear'd Less then Arch Angel ruind, and th' excess Of Glory obscur'd: As when the Sun new ris'n Looks through the Horizontal misty Air Shorn of his Beams, or from behind the Moon In dim Eclips disastrous twilight sheds On half the Nations, and with fear of change Perplexes Monarchs.
Ay,'' said Fitzurse, ``such is indeed the fashion of Richard a true knight-errant he, and will wander in wild adventure, trusting the prowess of his single arm, like any Sir Guy or Sir Bevis, while the weighty affairs of his kingdom slumber, and his own safety is endangered.
It occurred to him that he had not been dubbed a knight, and that according to the law of chivalry he neither could nor ought to bear arms against any knight; and that even if he had been, still he ought, as a novice knight, to wear white armour, without a device upon the shield until by his prowess he had earned one.
A great boaster was he withal, and to-day he strutted about on one of these corner stages, and vaunted of his prowess, and offered to crack any man's crown for a shilling.
It is possible, though not easy, that the people of that island may be enslaved from other causes; but it cannot be by the prowess of an army so inconsiderable as that which has been usually kept up within the kingdom.
But if one national government, had not so regulated the navigation of Britain as to make it a nursery for seamen -- if one national government had not called forth all the national means and materials for forming fleets, their prowess and their thunder would never have been celebrated.
Evidently devoid of all the finer sentiments of friendship, love, or affection, these people fairly worship physical prowess and bravery, and nothing is too good for the object of their adoration as long as he maintains his position by repeated examples of his skill, strength, and courage.