prowess

  • 1 Prowess — Prow ess, n. [OF. proece, proesce, F. prouesse. See {Prow}, a.] Distinguished bravery; valor; especially, military bravery and skill; gallantry; intrepidity; fearlessness. Chaucer. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] He by his prowess conquered all… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 prowess — [n1] ability, skill accomplishment, address, adeptness, adroitness, aptitude, attainment, command, deftness, dexterity, excellence, expertise, expertness, facility, genius, mastery, readiness, sleight, talent; concept 630 Ant. inability, weakness …

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  • 3 prowess — I (ability) noun adeptness, adroitness, cleverness, competence, competency, craft, deftness, dexterity, excellence, expertise, expertness, facility, finesse, know how, mastership, mastery, proficiency, skill, skillfulness, virtuosity, wizardry II …

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  • 4 prowess — late 13c., prouesse, from O.Fr. proece (Fr. prouesse), from prou, variant of prud brave, valiant, from V.L. *prodem (Cf. Sp. proeza, It. prodezza; see PROUD (Cf. proud)). Prow was in M.E. as a noun meaning advantage, profit, also as a related adj …

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  • 5 prowess — *heroism, valor, gallantry Analogous words: bravery, boldness, audacity, intrepidity (see corresponding adjectives at BRAVE): *courage, mettle, spirit: strength, might, puissance, *power …

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  • 6 prowess — ► NOUN 1) skill or expertise in a particular activity or field. 2) bravery in battle. ORIGIN Old French proesce, from prou valiant …

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  • 7 prowess — [prou′is] n. [ME < OFr prouesse < prou: see PROW2] 1. bravery; valor 2. superior ability, skill, etc …

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  • 8 prowess — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ academic, athletic, intellectual, manufacturing, military, physical, sexual, sporting (esp. BrE), technical, technological …

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  • 9 prowess — n. 1) to demonstrate, display prowess 2) athletic; military prowess 3) prowess in * * * [ praʊɪs] display prowess military prowess athletic to demonstrate prowess in …

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  • 10 prowess — [[t]pra͟ʊɪs[/t]] N UNCOUNT Someone s prowess is their great skill at doing something. [FORMAL] He s always bragging about his prowess as a cricketer... The best and the brightest pupils competed to demonstrate their intellectual prowess …

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  • 11 Prowess — This was an essential quality of a knight, being a combination of skill with both daring and valour. Such a skill was both developed and demonstrated at tournaments, whether in the *melee or in single combat on foot with a sword or jousting.… …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 12 prowess — prow|ess [ˈprauıs] n [U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: prouesse, from prou; PROUD] formal great skill at doing something ▪ his physical prowess ▪ military prowess …

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  • 13 Prowess — Physical ability for knightly sports including strength, speed, dexterity, training, tactical ability, cunning. In short, martial excellence. Prowess is the basic virtue shared by all martial societies, whether it be excellence in swordsmanship,… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 14 prowess — noun 1) his prowess as a winemaker Syn: skill, expertise, mastery, facility, ability, capability, capacity, savoir faire, talent, genius, adeptness, aptitude, dexterity, deftness, competence, accomplishment, proficiency …

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  • 15 prowess — noun Etymology: Middle English prouesse, from Anglo French pruesse, prowesse, from prou Date: 13th century 1. distinguished bravery; especially military valor and skill 2. extraordinary ability < his prowess on the football field > …

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  • 16 prowess — prowessed, adj. /prow is/, n. 1. exceptional valor, bravery, or ability, esp. in combat or battle. 2. exceptional or superior ability, skill, or strength: his prowess as a public speaker. 3. a valiant or daring deed. [1250 1300; ME < OF proesse,… …

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  • 17 prowess — prow|ess [ prauəs ] noun uncount great skill or ability: athletic/sexual/physical prowess …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 prowess — noun (U) formal great skill at doing something: Peregrines are known for their hunting prowess …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 prowess — UK [ˈpraʊes] / US [ˈpraʊəs] noun [uncountable] great skill or ability athletic/sexual/physical prowess …

    English dictionary

  • 20 prowess — /ˈpraʊɛs / (say prowes), /praʊˈɛs / (say prow es) noun 1. valour; bravery. 2. outstanding ability: prowess at shooting. {Middle English prowesse, from Old French proec(c)e, from proue good, valiant, from Latin prōd in prōdesse be useful} …

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