noun ad·ept [ad-ept, uh-dept] /ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/
Origin of adept
The noun adept originally meant “one who has gained knowledge of the of alchemy, the occult, hermetic philosophy, and magic,” which is Joyce’s use of the word. As both noun and adjective, it developed the more general sense “(a person) highly skilled or proficient in a subject.” The adjective adept appears about a quarter of a century before the noun, but they have the same etymology, coming from Latin adeptus, the perfect participle of adipiscī “to overtake, catch up with, obtain, achieve.”
Adipiscī is a compound formation of the preposition and prefix ad, ad-, here in the sense of “reaching,” and the verb apiscī “to seize hold of, grasp.” Apiscī is a frequentative verb formed from the rare verb apere “to fasten, attach, bind,” whose perfect participle aptus “tied, bound, connected, fitted with, ready for” is very common in Latin and is the source of English apt.
Examples from the Web for adept
Dawkins is an adept cultural fire-conductor; the title of his bestselling book The God Delusion gives a clear indicator why.
As a former law professor at several elite law schools, he is adept at discussing high constitutional theory.The Outside Game of Justice Scalia, a Loner With Clout|David Fontana|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Through the years he became just as adept at politics as he was on horseback.The Cowboy Sheriff of Las Vegas Rides Into ‘Mob Museum’|John L. Smith|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gosling is just as adept at wearing what Jannuzzi says is the next trend for summer: the tank top.
These same companies have also been adept at circumventing user privacy and avoiding their tax obligations.Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes|Joel Kotkin|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a hearty, humorous person, however, and an adept at searching for news.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,|George Alfred Townsend
To dissipate the too suspicious silence, I have occasionally made curious sounds, at which I am an adept.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
Despite his greater size, Treadwell was himself nimble and an adept at footwork.Dave Darrin's Second Year at Annapolis|H. Irving Hancock
Many peacocks and other birds were met with, and Ralph became quite an adept in shooting them.Ralph Denham's Adventures in Burma|George Norway
An Indian jockey is the shrewdest of his class, and is an adept at all the tricks of the trade.Ted Strong's Motor Car|Edward C. Taylor