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  • adj. requiring a high level of technical skill.
  • adj. something impressive and sometimes flamboyant, usually used to describe musical performance

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exhibiting the artistic qualities and skill of a virtuoso.


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virtuoso +‎ -ic.


  • New York Times: “In his new book, ‘T. S. Eliot,’ the British poet Craig Raine gives us a new, more accessible Eliot, an Eliot he describes as a virtuosic fox in terms of style, and a single-minded hedgehog when it came to themes.”

    Throw Michiko Into the Waste Land : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

  • Roberts' piece is described as a "virtuosic comedy thriller" in which she plays 13 characters while paying tribute to commedia dell'arte, classic movies and Kansas City history. Front Page

  • Perhaps the best I can say about I'M NOT THERE is that I left the theater feeling deeply enriched by an uncommon experience, a technique one would not be wrong to call virtuosic, and a helpful message that I wasn't expecting; this, and that there isn't anything imperfect about it that cannot also honestly be said of Dylan's own body of work.

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  • Bolshoi Ballet before signing on this year with New York City Ballet, skillfully plays on the Baryshnikov trademark - a modernity that winks at the past, recalls the virtuosic ease of Fred Astaire and is never less than hip.


  • As with all demonstrations of dizzying artistic technique - and this goes for the most boring kind of virtuosic jazz improvisations as well - the end result is technique for its own sake.

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  • All of these films have the kind of virtuosic roles that actors relish, and the kind of contemplative subject matter studios shy from. - News

  • Although both musicians played with virtuosic speed and accuracy, Marais's "Plainte" was the highlight of this one-hour recital, a whispering thread of melody from the viol accompanied by gentle arpeggiated chords on the theorbo, making the lament an intense, personal cry of anguish.


  • So were the 14 albums taped at a series of marathon sessions in 1954 and 1955 in which Art Tatum, the greatest of all jazz pianists, recorded 120 stupendously virtuosic solo performances—nearly the whole of his working repertoire.

    The Forgotten Man of Jazz

  • To be sure, most of Stephen Sondheim's songs, many of which are glitteringly virtuosic pastiches of golden-age musical-comedy tunes, lend themselves to being performed as showstoppers.

    The 'Follies' of Our Dreams

  • It is hard for a man, however virtuosic, to complete visually with her, and so naturally partner dancing evolved to be a showcase for the female.

    Larissa Archer: Lines Ballet's Resin Breaks Down Ballet's Conventions


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