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 adeptness
Adeptness in the performance of our values must be ever-present, but identifying and sticking with those values come first.
Also his adeptness in dodging was called upon more and more.The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
Lubimoff was astonished at the way this woman spoke in all seriousness of her present adeptness.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
Yet deep in his nature was that obliquity, that adeptness at trickery, that facility in deceit, which made him the success he was.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for adeptness
Word Origin for adept
Word Origin and History for adeptness (1 of 2)
"an expert," especially "one who is skilled in the secrets of anything," 1660s, from Latin adeptus (see adept (adj.)). The Latin adjective was used as a noun in this sense in Medieval Latin among alchemists.