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.)

Usage Examples:

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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