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[jen-er-uh l-ship] /ˈdʒɛn ər əlˌʃɪp/
skill as commander of a large military force or unit.
the rank or functions of a general.
management or leadership.
Origin of generalship
1585-95; general + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus shone forth the generalship of our chief in choosing this for our fighting-ground.

    The King's Assegai Bertram Mitford
  • He had the ambition of a born conqueror and the generalship of one.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • The generalship of their fighting Commandant, Nikolas Smit, was of the highest order.

    The Transvaal from Within J. P. Fitzpatrick
  • Yet surely (replied Socrates) that is only an infinitesimal part of generalship.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • It was a keen stroke of generalship on Gideon's part that sent the timid, discouraged ones back home.

    Quiet Talks on Service S. D. Gordon
  • It is the last bit of generalship remaining—a change of front—a change of front!'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • He seemed to think that if he did his best as Stroke, both in rowing and in generalship, he had done all that was necessary.

    Two Daring Young Patriots W. P. Shervill
  • They are not deficient in forces—they have a powerful army, but no generalship.

  • But though King Ramses had made a terrible bungle of his generalship, he was at least a brave man.

  • The men will come; but will statesmanship and generalship come with them?

British Dictionary definitions for generalship


the art or duties of exercising command of a major military formation or formations
tactical or administrative skill
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