vir·tu·os·i·ty | \ ˌvər-chü-ˈä-sə-tē \
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.

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After intermission, the orchestra again displayed its virtuosity in Mozart's Symphony No. Rick Schultz,, "L.A. Chamber Orchestra musicians offer a fitting remembrance for one of their own," 22 May 2018 For decades, Charles has written a column of unparalleled principle and integrity, not to mention humor and intellectual virtuosity. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Charles Krauthammer Dies at 68," 22 June 2018 Around them, Mendes brings all of his virtuosity to bear. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Prog unabashedly showcases instrumental virtuosity, intricate melodies and harmonies, cosmic lyrics, constant shifts in tempo, melody and harmony, and extended songs that can reach both epic and patience-trying proportions. George Varga,, "Yes, meet Yes! A year after Rock Hall of Fame induction, two bands embark on Yes 50th anniversary tours," 23 June 2018 From the resounding contrabassoon of Jonathan Sherwin to the melodious bow of concertmaster William Preucil, this was a display of orchestra-wide virtuosity and collective eloquence. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra shines in Ravel, with notable assists from Pintscher, Thibaudet (review)," 23 Feb. 2018 The English had never lost at home to continental opposition until Puskás’ side came to visit, blowing the game’s supposed masters away with a performance of breath taking virtuosity., "World Cup Countdown: 7 Days to Go - What if Ferenc Puskas Had Been Fully Fit?," 7 June 2018 McGregor’s teenage virtuosity invokes the age-old question that still bedevils 21st century parents: Is such a one-of-a-kind talent the result of nature or nurture? Kathy Boccella,, "Malvern teen a bass prodigy who started at age 2. He's also baseball card entrepreneur," 21 May 2018 Both, though, served as displays of the orchestra's famously tight-knit nature and collective virtuosity. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra keeps the flame burning as 'The Prometheus Project' continues (review)," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of virtuosity

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of virtuosity

: great ability or skill shown by a musician, performer, etc.

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