vir·​tu·​o·​sic ˌvər-chü-ˈä-sik How to pronounce virtuosic (audio) -ˈō- How to pronounce virtuosic (audio)
: being, relating to, or characteristic of a virtuoso
virtuosic violin playing
Generally speaking, the banjo and jazz parted ways many decades back, but virtuosic banjoist Bela Fleck is almost single-handedly lobbying for reconciliation.Gina Arnold
Yet it was from his craftsman father that he learned everything that there was to know about brick, and his use of that humble but infinitely versatile material was virtuosic.Martin Filler
virtuosically adverb
Later on, the voice became more assured, but it always remained no more than an impressive voice, expertly and virtuosically executing its assigned role. Edward Rothstein
… a wonderful character dancer from the '70s, when American Ballet Theatre treasured comics, grumps, and eccentrics who could also dance virtuosically. Marcia B. Siegel

Examples of virtuosic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Muhly’s music turned the stage into a bustling four-way intersection, and the Hub players rose to its challenging expressionistic palette — a virtuosic tangle here, a nostalgic sweet nothing there. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 The superbly edited film invited the audience to move between their own memories of the events on the screen and an awareness of the onstage performance by the virtuosic players. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2024 The Piano Concerto is inspired by multiple musical stylistic sources including jazz, big band, funk, and more, and offers Wang a virtuosic showcase of her talents, according to a news release. Kirby Adams louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Tharp explores the idea of a hero in the experienced body of a virtuosic dancer, no longer young yet armed with a different kind of vibrancy. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Loops of tuba-like blasts follow in a raucous crescendo, punctuating a virtuosic finale where McClements plays accordion with one hand and trumpet with the other. Dustin Nelson, SPIN, 1 Feb. 2024 But there’s not enough going on behind the virtuosic smoke and mirrors. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 Her virtuosic dance technique, natural charisma and compelling acting perfectly suited his flowing movement style and abstract narrative works, which are still performed by his company and many others around the world. Claudia Bauer, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 Pissarro, so often merely genial before, becomes a quietly virtuosic painter in these last pictures. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023

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Word History


virtuoso + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of virtuosic was in 1879

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“Virtuosic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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