Synonyms & Antonyms of skill

1 subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something
  • with unbelievable skill, the expert in origami transformed a few sheets of paper into a menagerie of exotic animals

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2 skills plural knowledge gained by actually doing or living through something
  • he had acquired valuable skills during his life at sea

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How does the noun skill contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of skill are artifice, art, craft, and cunning. While all these words mean "the faculty of executing well what one has devised," skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency.

the skill of a glassblower

When could art be used to replace skill?

While in some cases nearly identical to skill, art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power.

the art of choosing the right word

In what contexts can artifice take the place of skill?

While the synonyms artifice and skill are close in meaning, artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature.

believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice

When might craft be a better fit than skill?

The words craft and skill can be used in similar contexts, but craft may imply expertness in workmanship.

the craft of a master goldsmith

When is cunning a more appropriate choice than skill?

The synonyms cunning and skill are sometimes interchangeable, but cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing.

a mystery plotted with great cunning

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The first known use of skill was in the 13th century

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“Skill.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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