Synonyms & Antonyms of expert

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a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
  • experts at the crime lab were able to tell the sex, race, and approximate age of the murderer

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Synonyms & Antonyms of expert (Entry 2 of 2)

1 accomplished with trained ability
  • to a serious collector, the expert carving on the duck decoy justifies its high price

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How is the word expert distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of expert are adept, proficient, skilled, and skillful. While all these words mean "having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession," expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill.

expert in the evaluation of wines

In what contexts can adept take the place of expert?

The words adept and expert are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency.

adept at doing long division

When is proficient a more appropriate choice than expert?

While the synonyms proficient and expert are close in meaning, proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice.

proficient in translating foreign languages

When could skilled be used to replace expert?

Although the words skilled and expert have much in common, skilled stresses mastery of technique.

a skilled surgeon

When is it sensible to use skillful instead of expert?

In some situations, the words skillful and expert are roughly equivalent. However, skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance.

skillful drivers

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The first known use of expert was in the 14th century

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“Expert.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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