prowess


prowess
noun
ADJECTIVE
academic, athletic, intellectual, manufacturing, military, physical, sexual, sporting (esp. BrE), technical, technological, etc.
VERB + PROWESS
demonstrate, display, show

a parade aimed at demonstrating the country's military prowess

boast about, boast of
prove

He proved his athletic prowess with two convincing wins.

match

His academic performance does not match his athletic prowess.

PREPOSITION
prowess as

He boasted of his prowess as a lover.

prowess at

her prowess at tennis

prowess in

The Gurkhas are famed for their prowess in battle.

prowess with

Singh demonstrated his prowess with the bat last season.


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  • 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

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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 …   Law dictionary

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

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

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

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

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

  • 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 …   English dictionary

  • 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


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