noun ad·ept [ad-ept, uh-dept] /ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/
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Origin of adept
historical usage 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.
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Bright-eyed young couples intertwine gloved hands as they adeptly navigate the crowds.
He adeptly shepherded some of the most legally and politically fraught policy matters at DOD.Exclusive: Jeh Johnson Tapped to Lead Department of Homeland Security|Daniel Klaidman|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Until this latest attack, the Netanyahu-Barak duo had adeptly managed to avoid involvement in the Syrian revolution.Israel Must Not Get Swallowed Up By Anarchy In Syria|Yossi Alpher|January 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Greenwald and Matt Welch have adeptly handled this piece of stinking hubris from our just reelected President.Obama's Fear: Good God, a Republican Might Use These War Powers in a Way I Wouldn't Like!|Justin Green|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Adeptly, he seized the right eyelid of M. Max, and rolled it back over his forefinger, disclosing the eyeball.The Yellow Claw|Sax Rohmer