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prowess

[prou-is] /ˈpraʊ ɪs/
noun
1.
exceptional valor, bravery, or ability, especially in combat or battle.
2.
exceptional or superior ability, skill, or strength:
his prowess as a public speaker.
3.
a valiant or daring deed.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French proesse, proece goodness, bravery, equivalent to prou prow2 + -esse < Latin -itia -ice
Related forms
prowessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prowesses

prowess

/ˈpraʊɪs/
noun
1.
outstanding or superior skill or ability
2.
bravery or fearlessness, esp in battle
Word Origin
C13: from Old French proesce, from prou good; see proud
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Word Origin and History for prowesses

prowess

n.

late 13c., prouesse, from Old French proece "prowess, courage, brave deed" (Modern French prouesse), from prou, later variant of prud "brave, valiant," from Vulgar Latin *prodem (cf. Spanish proeza, Italian prodezza; see proud). Prow was in Middle English as a noun meaning "advantage, profit," also as a related adjective ("valiant, brave"), but it has become obsolete. "In 15-17th c. often a monosyllable" [OED].

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