from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. the technical skills and fluent style of a virtuoso

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso


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virtuoso +‎ -ity (“quality of”); the terminal -o drops out.


  • That's because the inherent virtue of verbal virtuosity is assumed.

    That's the moment I woke up, thank the Lord

  • 'We want to show that impairment can actually enhance creativity and that virtuosity is not the just the domain of the able-bodied.'

    Disability arts growing in Cambodia

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • 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.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets

  • 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.

    Philocrites: Schleiermacher on true religious fellowship.

  • 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.

    Corrupt Sports: An Exchange

  • 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.”

    Edward MacDowell

  • 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.

    The Greater Inclination

  • 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.

    A Romance of Two Worlds

  • 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."

    Critical and Historical Essays Lectures delivered at Columbia University


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