Antonyms for prowess

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But speedily now shall I prove him the prowess and pride of the Geats, shall bid him battle.

He leered at her as though expecting her to flame at his prowess.

So that at this date they regarded their prowess as invincible.

The prowess of women has often been conspicuous in besieged cities.

I will tell you of my prowess and exploits, and what I can perform.

But I kept my eye on Alexander, whom, despite his prowess, I could see to be wounded hard.

In the earlier histories, the leaders were chosen for their prowess in arms.

No other ethical idea has such predominance as that of prowess.

Strange as was the animal to all three, there was no mistaking his prowess.

He is admired on account of his prowess and forgiven on account of his beneficence.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., prouesse, from Old French proece "prowess, courage, brave deed" (Modern French prouesse), from prou, later variant of prud "brave, valiant," from Vulgar Latin *prodem (cf. Spanish proeza, Italian prodezza; see proud). Prow was in Middle English as a noun meaning "advantage, profit," also as a related adjective ("valiant, brave"), but it has become obsolete. "In 15-17th c. often a monosyllable" [OED].

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