V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: superior skill, ability, strength, or courage
Synonyms: competence, ability, skill, talent, adeptness, bravery, valor, courage
Antonyms: incompetence, cowardice, inadequacy
Tips: Prowess originates from Old French proece, which means "valiant, brave." Prowess is exceptional courage, strength, or skill. Think of a cat's ability to prowl around in the dark. Commenting on someone's prowess is a great compliment. The adjective adept, which means "skilled," is a good way to compliment someone's prowess. Use adept to describe someone's skills and use prowess to denote the actual skill. (i.e: He is technologically adept (skilled) with computers. His technical prowess (skills, mastery) never ceases to amaze.)
Her musical prowess was admired by all her classmates and teachers. (ability, talent)
The rookie had the prowess of a veteran. (competence, skill)
With two purple hearts, his military prowess could not be questioned. (bravery, valor)
His prowess on the tennis court was feared by his opponents. (ability, talent, adeptness)
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