Origin of adroit
Examples from the Web for adroit
He is adroit and dry, and balances humor with the humanity of life.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer|Tim Teeman|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Modern circumstances require an adroit approach to the manner in which our foreign policy is being implemented.Sen. Jim Webb: Congress Must OK Military Intervention|Sen. Jim Webb|May 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes, to be unmemorable is to be adroit; and tonight, Obama was deeply unmemorable—and very adroit.
In Petraeus, Obama also gets an Afghan commander as adroit at handling the press as McChrystal was suicidal.
We need not study to be expert in ceremony, or adroit in flattery.The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3|Jane West
The adroit and experienced Parliamentarians on the Treasury Bench used all their wits to obtain the necessary delay.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
Ramsey made immediate and conspicuous efforts to avoid sitting next to his roommate, but was not so adroit as to be successful.Ramsey Milholland|Booth Tarkington
When the discussion was dropped by these combatants, it was taken up by others, as vigorous and adroit.The American Quarterly Review|Various
And what an adroit old adventurer the subject of this memoir was!Sketches New and Old, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Word Origin for adroit
1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from French adroit, from phrase à droit "according to right," from Old French à "to" (see ad-) + droit "right," from Late Latin directum "right, justice," accusative of Latin directus "straight" (see direct (v.)). Related: Adroitly; adroitness.