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 from Middle English, from Old French proece, proesse, from prou, prud "good, capable, brave." The related English word proud has the now obsolete meaning of brave.

Definitions of prowess
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n a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation

Synonyms:
art, artistry
Types:
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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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