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Jun 2, 2016
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
nitty-gritty
blag
fetid
prowess
condign

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prowess

PRONUNCIATION:
(PROU-is)

MEANING:
noun: Superior skill, ability, strength, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle French prou (valiant), from Old English prud. Earliest documented use: 1300.

USAGE:
“[Trump] liked to brag about his sexual prowess and his desirability as a date, no matter who was around.”
Michael Barbaro & Megan Twohey; Crossing the Line: Trump’s Private Conduct With Women; The New York Times; May 15, 2016. (WebCite)

See more usage examples of prowess in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the Inquisition might have let him alone. -Thomas Hardy, novelist and poet (2 Jun 1840-1928)

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