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skill

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of skill

  1. 1 subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something <with unbelievable skill, the expert in origami transformed a few sheets of paper into a menagerie of exotic animals> Synonyms adeptness, adroitness, art, artfulness, artifice, artistry, cleverness, craft, cunning, deftness, masterfulness, skillfulness Related Words dexterity, ease, finesse, handiness; experience, expertise, expertness, know-how, proficiency; creativity, ingenuity, inventiveness, knowledge, learning; aptitude, bent, flair, gift, knack, talent Near Antonyms amateurishness, awkwardness, clumsiness, crudeness, klutziness, rudeness; inability, inadequacy, inadequateness, incapability, incapacity, incompetence, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficacy, inefficiency Antonyms artlessness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness

  2. 2 skills pl  knowledge gained by actually doing or living through something <he had acquired valuable skills during his life at sea> Synonyms chops, expertise, know-how, moxie, proficiency, savvy, skillsRelated Words background; command, mastery; acquaintance, conversance, familiarity, intimacyNear Antonyms ignorance, unawareness, unfamiliarityAntonyms inexperience





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