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 (bravery) noun absence of fear, backbone, boldness, braveness, constancy, contempt of danger, courage, courageous deeds, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, defiance of danger, derringdo, doggedness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fiber, firmness, gallant acts, gallantness, gallantry, grit, hardihood, hardiness, heroic achievement, heroism, intrepidity, lustiness, manliness, mettle, might, nerve, perseverence, pluck, resoluteness, sinew, spirit, stability, stamina, stout heart, strength, sturdiness, valiancy, valor, valorousness, vigor, virtus, vitality III index ability, efficiency, skill

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