American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The technical skill, fluency, or style exhibited by a virtuoso or a composition.
- n. An appreciation for or interest in fine objects of art.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lovers of the elegant arts collectively; the virtuosi.
- n. In the fine arts, exceptional skill; highly cultivated dexterity; thorough control of technic. Virtuosity is really a condition to the highest artistic success, since it means a complete mastery of the materials and processes at the artist's disposal; but, inasmuch as the ready use of materials and processes is often in itself wonderful to the percipient, virtuosity is often erroneously cultivated and applauded for its own sake. The term is especially applied to music.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being a virtuoso; in a bad sense, the character of one in whom mere artistic feeling or æsthetic cultivation takes the place of religious character; sentimentalism.
- n. Virtuosos, collectively.
- n. An art or study affected by virtuosos.
- n. technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso
“That's because the inherent virtue of verbal virtuosity is assumed.”
“We want to show that impairment can actually enhance creativity and that virtuosity is not the just the domain of the able-bodied.”
“One of the main rules of virtuosity is that the mechanism has to be in plain view, and the technique has to be easily grasped by the observer.”
“Perhaps many of the pictures of John Marin were not always satisfying in the tactile sense because many of them are taken up with an inevitable passion for technical virtuosity, which is no mean distinction in itself but we are not satisfied as once we were with this passion for audacity and virtuosity.”
“Through its role as a mediator, the church may evoke the religious sentiments of the people by sharing the stories and experiences of these heroes in an attempt to evoke the "virtuosity" and vision of the people.”
“Lasch can see such developments as a decline in standards only because he reduces the multifaceted nature of sport to a single element — the display of "virtuosity" by a "superior artist" before an audience, much like a concert recital.”
“His playing was described by Henry T. Finck, the distinguished American musical critic, as being of “that splendid kind of virtuosity which makes one forget the technique.””
“It was not so much a means to an end as a kind of virtuosity practised for its own sake, like a highly-developed skill in cannoning billiard balls.”
“Sarasate is like a brilliant meteor streaming across their narrow bit of the heaven of music; they stare, gape, and think it is an unnatural phenomenon -- a 'virtuosity' in the way of meteors, which they are afraid to accept lest it set them on fire.”
“We find in them also that magnificence of diction which is the forerunner of "virtuosity"; for he speaks of his song as "a temple with pillars of gold, gold that glitters like blazing fire in the night time.”
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