swords·​man·​ship | \ ˈsȯrdz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce swordsmanship (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The first episode features a major battle, complete with brutal displays of stunt swordsmanship across a misty landscape. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 June 2022 An all-out slaughter is mitigated somewhat by Lan's swordsmanship and Moraine's magical abilities, which take the form of a lightning storm and a telekinetic hail of stones. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2021 The Black Knight is memorable for refusing to let his inept swordsmanship get in the way of his claims of victory. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, 25 Nov. 2020 In the forthcoming Phase Four film, Nanjiani will play Sunen, a godlike superhero with expert-level swordsmanship. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 17 Jan. 2020 The performances feature a variety of traditional Japanese art forms, including dance, drumming, calligraphy, ink painting and swordsmanship. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, 17 May 2018 But there is no resting on your swordsmanship so close to an opening. Ruthe Stein, SFChronicle.com, 8 June 2018 For members of this virtual-ninja community, the answer resides in similar processes to those cited in 17th-century Zen texts on swordsmanship, such as Takuan Sōhō’s The Unfettered Mind or Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings. Chris Goto-jones, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2018 The violence is often numbing, and the translations — the movie is subtitled — are sometimes as deadly as the swordsmanship. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, 1 Nov. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of swordsmanship

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Swordsmanship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordsmanship. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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