adroit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adroit quick or skillful or adept in action or thought "an exceptionally adroit pianist","an adroit technician","his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers","an adroit negotiator"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Adroit Dexterous in the use of the hands or in the exercise of the mental faculties; exhibiting skill and readiness in avoiding danger or escaping difficulty; ready in invention or execution; -- applied to persons and to acts; as, an adroit mechanic, an adroit reply. "Adroit in the application of the telescope and quadrant.""He was adroit in intrigue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adroit Dexterous; skilful; expert in the use of the hand, and hence of the mind; ingenious; ready in invention or execution; possessing readiness of resource.
    • adroit Synonyms Cunning, Artful, Sly, etc. See cunning. Adroit, Dexterous, Expert, Skilful, Clever, smart, handy, apt, quick, subtle. The first four words express primarily various degrees in the combination of manual facility with knowledge. Adroit and dexterous make prominent the idea of a trained hand: as, an adroit pickpocket; a dexterous conjurer, swordsman. Adroitness implies quickness or suddenness; dexterity may require sustained agility. Adroit tends toward sinister figurative meanings: as, an adroit rogue; but mental adroitness may be simply address or tact. Expert emphasizes experience, practice, and hence is commonly a lower word than skilful, which makes knowledge the principal thing: a skilful mechanic makes more use of his mind than an expert mechanic. Clever implies notable quickness, readiness, resource in practical affairs, and sometimes the lack of the larger powers of mind: a clever mechanic has fertility in planning and skill in executing what is planned. A clever statesman may or may not be an able one; a man may be clever in evil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Adroit a-droit′ dexterous: skilful
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. adroit,; à,L. ad,) = droit, straight, right, fr. L. directus, p. p. of dirigere,. See Direct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. à droit, according to right—L. directus, straight. See Direct.

Usage

In literature:

With such a man as you to head their party, Pericles could not always retain the ascendancy, by a more adroit use of their own weapons.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
She parried my attempts to discover very adroitly and pleasantly.
"Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
Mac was in the act of changing his place to be nearer the Colonel, when Potts adroitly forestalled him.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
But he managed it with the same apelike adroitness.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
Getting possession of the document, he adroitly changed the heading, and behold!
"Punchinello, Vol. 2., No. 32, November 5, 1870" by Various
The mention of "blood" in a murder case was a more adroit dodge than Robinson himself guessed, perhaps.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
Threading them through and through was a spy system unbelievably thorough and amazingly adroit.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
By prudent and adroit management, Stuyvesant swept away many annoyances in the shape of territorial claims.
"The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;" by John R. Musick
After a time, however, I grew unaccountably weary of the vehemence of Henry Moore and of the adroit helper who hawked his books.
"Great Possessions" by David Grayson
He was too adroit a politician for that.
"The Theory of Social Revolutions" by Brooks Adams
Old Mizzou tried, by adroit questioning, to find out just why de Laney had been sent West.
"The Claim Jumpers" by Stewart Edward White
Whether from adroitness or prudence, Fleury did not all at once aspire to all-powerfulness.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
During these expeditions Yolanda adroitly kept our little party together, and Max could have no private word with her.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
His intellect was apparently as alert and adroit as his physical action.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
But was not Adroit laughed at?
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
Lucia stood still, being indeed unable to move, and watched his long, slender fingers adroitly disentangling her.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The indications of affection adroitly given by Humphreys were all remembered now.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
He played adroitly, skilfully, with blinding flatteries and seductive wiles, that made his victims willing dupes.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The adroit girl had set a trap for him.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
Such a singular mixture of courage, adroitness and statesmanship was he that everywhere he prevailed by one method or another.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
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In poetry:

But adroit conjunction
Eloquently shall
Link to his lyric action
A periodic goal.
"Verbal Calisthenics" by Sylvia Plath
A grand gesture. But what does it period?
What does it osse? We were always adroiter
with objects than lives, and more facile
at courage than kindness: from the moment
"Moon Landing" by W H Auden

In news:

An Adroit Director Of an Unwieldy Team.
Here and elsewhere, Aït -Touati's arguments are adroit and ingenious.
An adroitly acted, crudely shot character study-cum-misogyny mudbath, Roger Dodger proudly flaunts its membership in a bizarre subgenre of recent American indie: the post-LaBute- brute harangue.
Their campaign has adroitly combined two approaches.
One of the best essay films ever made on a cinematic subject, Thom Andersen's remarkable and sadly neglected hour-long documentary (1974) adroitly combines biography, history, film theory, and philosophical reflection.
But, if Rove and his allies did not invent it, they certainly were adroit at exploiting it.
Two adroit diplomats successfully prevented an open breach between London and Washington during the Civil War.
I loved Shrek to pieces and couldn't begin to imagine a sequel that would top its gentle, goofy charm or its adroit way of winding several demographics around its little finger at once.
London Times associate editor Macintyre ( The Man Who Would Be King ) adroitly dissects the enigmatic World War II British double agent Eddie Chapman in this intriguing and balanced biography.
Despite their musclehead reputation, the doormen at local bars and clubs are pretty adroit at spotting fake IDs.
Portraying the animals , notably Joey and Topthorn, his best friend under fire, are adroitly manipulated puppets.
Plus, Adroit Dental is conveniently open early mornings, late evenings, and on two Saturdays and two Sundays each month.
Though its tasks are limited, Low Battery Saver performs them adroitly enough.
"He is the most adroit, suave and noiseless man that American finance has known," Ryan's mentor and business associate, William C Whitney, wrote around 1890.
Garry Wills, so adroit at parsing Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation," so subtle in his analysis of Verdi's Shakespeare operas, loses all nuance when he tackles intra-Catholic issues.
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