What does prowess mean?

Definitions for prowess
ˈpraʊ ɪsprow·ess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. art, artistry, prowessnoun

    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation

    "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"


  1. prowessnoun

    Skillfulness and manual ability; adroitness or dexterity.

  2. prowessnoun

    Distinguished bravery or courage, especially in battle; heroism

  3. Etymology: From proeche (Modern French: prouesse)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prowessnoun

    Bravery; valour; military gallantry.

    Etymology: prodezza, Italian; prouesse, Fr.

    Men of such prowess, as not to know fear in themselves, and yet to teach it in others that should deal with them; for they had often made their lives triumph over most terrible dangers, never dismayed, and ever fortunate. Philip Sidney.

    I hope
    That your wisdom will direct my thought,
    Or that your prowess can me yield relief. Fa. Queen.

    By heav’ns mere grace, not by our prowess done. F. Qu.

    Henry the fifth,
    By his prowess conquered all France. William Shakespeare.

    Nor should thy prowess want praise and esteem,
    But that ’tis shewn in treason. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Those are they
    First seen in acts of prowess eminent,
    And great exploits; but of true virtue void. John Milton.

    These beyond compare of mortal prowess. John Milton.

    Michael! of cœlestial armies prince;
    And thou in military prowess next,
    Gabriel! John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vi.

    The vigour of this arm was never vain,
    And that my wonted prowess I retain,
    Witness these heaps of slaughter on the plain. Dryden.

    These were the entertainments of the softer nations, that fell under the virtue and prowess of the two last empires. William Temple.


  1. prowess

    Prowess is the superior skill, ability, or expertise in a particular activity or field. It indicates an exceptional or superior ability to perform or achieve something, often in a way that is admired or respected by others. It can also refer to exceptional bravery or valor, especially in combat or battle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prowessadjective

    distinguished bravery; valor; especially, military bravery and skill; gallantry; intrepidity; fearlessness

  2. Etymology: [OF. proece, proesce, F. prouesse. See Prow, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prowess

    prow′es, n. bravery, esp. in war: valour: daring.—adj. Prow (arch.), brave, valiant:—superl. Prow′est. [O. Fr. prou (Fr. preux), perh. from prod in prodesse, to do good.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. prowess

    Valor; bravery in the field; military gallantry.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prowess in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prowess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prowess in a Sentence

  1. Zannah Mustapha:

    We don't mind where you came from, what's your religion, what's your ethnicity, gender does not matter. You find two thirds of the population in Future Prowess Islamic Foundation are girls.

  2. James Scott:

    Cyber warfare is as much about psychological strategy as technical prowess.

  3. Ali Safavi:

    The actions today also attest to the MEK’s increasing effectiveness and prowess and its ability to effect change inside Iran.

  4. Tom Brady:

    Because Tom put the kid’s behavior out there. It’s really Tom’s fault. And I don’t know Tom — I’m a great admirer of his physical prowess and his football ability — but don’t put your kid up on an Internet show and then get pissed when people comment on her behavior. You’re putting it out there for people to comment on. That’s what a TV show is.

  5. Bret Swanson:

    The West probably would like to help protect Taiwan not just geopolitically, but because of this technical prowess and technical capacity there.

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  • شجاعةArabic
  • zručnost, dovednost, obratnost, hrdinstvíCzech
  • Tapferkeit, Können, Heldenmut, FähigkeitenGerman
  • ανδρεία, δεξιότηταGreek
  • proeza, habilidad, destreza, capacidadSpanish
  • توانمندیPersian
  • sankaruus, taitavuusFinnish
  • exploit, adresse, fait d'armes, habileté, héroïsme, prouesse, dextérité, haut faitFrench
  • calmachtIrish
  • ճարպկություն, հմտություն, խիզախությունArmenian
  • prodezzaItalian
  • תעוזהHebrew
  • 技量, 武勇Japanese
  • ririMāori
  • dapperheid, bekwaamheid, heldenmoedDutch
  • destrezaPortuguese
  • удаль, мастерство, умение, отвага, доблесть, храбростьRussian
  • odvažnost, одважност, spretnost, спретностSerbo-Croatian
  • tapperhet, skicklighet, hjältemodSwedish
  • வீரம்Tamil
  • abilidad, galingTagalog
  • yiğitlik, kahramanlık, hüner, maharet, cesaretTurkish
  • גוואַלדYiddish
  • 实力Chinese

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    A indiscernible
    B contiguous
    C elusive
    D ravening

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