prowess

Prowess means exceptional skill or ability. Your sailing prowess might save your life in a storm, while someone with less experience might make mistakes.

An earlier meaning of this word is exceptional bravery in battle, or a specific act of bravery. Prowess is a Middle English word borrowed from the Old French proesse, "courage, brave deed," from prud, "good, capable, brave." The related English word proud originally had the now obsolete meaning of "brave."

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