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virtuosity

[vur-choo-os-i-tee] /ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the character, ability, or skill of a virtuoso.
2.
a fondness for or interest in virtu.
Origin of virtuosity
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; virtuos(o) + -ity
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  • virtuosity is a state of expression but it is not the final state.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • virtuosity emanating from a spirit of beneficence is somewhat rare.

    The Violin George Hart
  • This has a virtuosity of its own, for all its hit-or-miss appearance.

    Picture and Text Henry James
  • However, Sudermann's virtuosity has plenty of opportunity for display.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker
  • It is a tumult of virtuosity in painting, in sculpture, in architecture.

  • Truly the standard of virtuosity is higher than it was a quarter of a century ago.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • And he did; though it was only through the virtuosity of his chief actor.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • You cannot well have virtuosity of form where there is no form.

    Play-Making William Archer
Word Origin and History for virtuosity
n.

late 15c., "manly qualities," from Medieval Latin virtuositas, from Late Latin virtuosus (see virtuoso). As "skill or abilities of a virtuoso," 1670s, from virtuoso + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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