artistry

Artistry is a particular skill or a flair for something, especially an artistic pursuit. You might love watching ice skating competitions for the sheer artistry of the figure skaters.

You can take piano lessons for years and learn how to play many pieces but still not quite achieve the artistry of a truly gifted pianist. It takes practice to gain artistry, but it also takes a kind of creative spark. The word artistry first appeared in the 1830s from artist, modeled after words such as chemistry, from chemist. The root is the Latin word ars, or "art."

Definitions of artistry
  1. noun
    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
    synonyms: art, prowess
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    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)
    type of:
    superior skill
    more than ordinary ability
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