vir·​tu·​os·​i·​ty | \ ˌvər-chü-ˈä-sə-tē How to pronounce virtuosity (audio) \
plural virtuosities

Definition of virtuosity

1 : great technical skill (as in the practice of a fine art)
2 : a taste for or interest in virtu

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Virtuosity is used particularly to describe musicians, but also often for writers, actors, dancers, and athletes. A virtuoso is a highly skilled performer, and a virtuoso performance is one that astonishes the audience by its feats. In ancient Greece the cities would hold male competitions in acrobatics, conjuring, public reciting, blowing the trumpet, and acting out scenes from Homer's epics, the winners of which would have been praised as virtuous, or "full of manly virtues".

Examples of virtuosity in a Sentence

Her virtuosity on the piano is amazing.
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the program, a mixed bill of short dances, offered without apology contentment instead of strife, amorous sensuality and irresistible virtuosity. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 Where earlier Megadeth albums focused on virtuosity and headbangability, Countdown played up songcraft. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2022 Not that his blend of magnetism, virtuosity, and dynamism will surprise anyone who’s seen him onstage before. Globe Staff,, 11 July 2022 Chan also inspired a great deal of individual virtuosity. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 11 July 2022 Hulu’s Canadian import Letterkenny is one of my favorite recent shows, an exhibition of linguistic virtuosity that proudly makes no distinction between high and low humor. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 Hawkins was hugely influenced by The Police’s Stewart Copeland and Queen’s Roger Taylor, but he was also happily indebted to Rush’s Neil Peart, whose virtuosity and precision were key elements of Hawkins’ own style. Jonathan Cohen, Variety, 26 Mar. 2022 Throughout its first three quarters the novella displays Machen’s virtuosity in depicting the tiny dramas and vacuous pleasures of lower-middle-class life. Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books, 28 May 2020 Great because: Unmatched mix of hits, virtuosity and showmanship. Matt Wake |, al, 4 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of virtuosity

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Virtuosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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