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virtuosity

[vur-choo-os-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the character, ability, or skill of a virtuoso.
  2. a fondness for or interest in virtu.
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Origin of virtuosity

First recorded in 1665–75; virtuos(o) + -ity
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Related Words for virtuosity

craft, profession, dexterity, prowess, knowledge, familiarity, understanding, proficiency, genius, know-how, comprehension, grasp, finesse, skill, knack, ability, wizardry, virtuosity, style, mastery

Examples from the Web for virtuosity

Contemporary Examples of virtuosity

Historical Examples of virtuosity

  • 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.


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.

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