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[jen-er-uh l-ship] /ˈdʒɛn ər əlˌʃɪp/
skill as commander of a large military force or unit.
the rank or functions of a general.
management or leadership.
Origin of generalship
First recorded in 1585-95; general + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for generalship
Historical Examples
  • Let us begin from the time when I assumed my generalship, if that is early enough.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • This was a man who had a standing battle with Xenophon about the generalship of the army.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • Yet surely (replied Socrates) that is only an infinitesimal part of generalship.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • It is the last bit of generalship remaining—a change of front—a change of front!'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • The Hermitage that night proved a fitting field for her generalship.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • They are not deficient in forces—they have a powerful army, but no generalship.

  • He had the ambition of a born conqueror and the generalship of one.


    Znade A. Ragozin
  • His march through our lines is allowed to have been a prodigy of generalship.

  • Thus, by able generalship, had Jack gained a complete and bloodless victory.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • The men will come; but will statesmanship and generalship come with them?

British Dictionary definitions for generalship


the art or duties of exercising command of a major military formation or formations
tactical or administrative skill
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