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forte

noun

Definition: a person's talent or strength

Synonyms: talent, strength, specialty, proficiency, ability, aptitude, skill

Antonyms: incompetence, weakness, inability, inefficiency

Tips: Forte is derived from the French fort, meaning "strong." A person's forte is his or her strength--something at which the person excels. In music vernacular, forte (the "e" pronounced with an "ay" sound) refers to a note or passage which is to be played loudly, or is an adjective, meaning "loudly." When using forte to mean strength, talent, or ability, it is correct to either pronounce the "e" or not.

Usage Examples:

Connecting well with clients has always been his forte; thatís what makes him such a great account executive. (strength, talent)

Iím on the creative end of the advertising industry because marketing strategy and client negotiations are not my forte, but creative design is. (specialty, talent)

I'm afraid singing isn't one of my fortes. (talents, skills)

Negotiating is not my forte; that's why I hire attorneys to manage my negotiations. (strength, skill)


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