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He was thus well drilled in the reading of music, in which he soon became a proficient.

She was highly educated and was proficient in both Greek and Latin.

Do not expect at once to be a proficient in prayer or any part of the Christian life.

I want to be a proficient in the language, which is my only reason for returning.

And our friend Gorgias is one of the best, and the art in which he is a proficient is the noblest.

In the first two R's, "readin' and 'ritin'," Miss Thompson was proficient.

Narcisse smiled the smile of the proficient as he waved his paddle across the canoe.

If I am not proficient enough, yet knowing the rudiments I can easily improve.

In the one case the proficient was the master, in the other the slave, of the demons.

Indeed, I was becoming too proficient in craft for the maintenance of self-respect.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, back-formation from proficiency or else from Old French proficient (15c.), from Latin proficientem (nominative proficiens), present participle of proficere "to make progress, go forward, effect, accomplish, be useful" (see proficiency). Related: Proficiently.

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