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Saturday, March 24, 2012

adroit

\uh-DROIT\ , adjective;
1.
Cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious.
2.
Expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
Quotes:
He knows that Jory is handsome, talented, and most of all, adroit. Bart is not adroit at anything but pretending.
-- V.C. Andrews, If There Be Thorns
It requires finesse. She was very adroit — oh, very adroit — but Hercule Poirot, my good George, is of a cleverness quite exceptional.
-- Agatha Christie, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Origin:
Adroit is from the Old French meaning "elegant, skillful" from the roots a- meaning "increase" and droit meaning "correct."
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