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  • Noun

virtuoso

vur-choo-OH-soh

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The virtuoso enjoyed practicing the violin for seven hours a day, which helped increase his incredible talent. His expert and flawless performances, clearly of the level of a virtuoso, were simply awe-inspiring. To be in the presence of such a virtuoso, whose playing reminded me of such musical geniuses as Bach and Liszt, was truly uplifting.

Quiz: What is an example of someone who is a virtuoso?

  • An efficient office manager who worked at the same company for forty years.
  • A life-long fan of a high school basketball team who never misses a single game.
  • A renowned professor of engineering who helped create human-like robots.

Memory Hook
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Virtue So Good Tomas is a virtuoso in two ways: he is not only so good at playing the piano, but he also possesses excellent character virtue.

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  • Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists. — H. L. Mencken H
  • The window into her vulnerabilities that Hillary gave her opponents in the Philadelphia debate is proving more enduring than the virtuoso performance she turned in last week in Las Vegas. —Newsweek
  • Mr. Peterson was one of the greatest virtuosos in jazz, with a piano technique that was always meticulous and ornate and sometimes overwhelming. —The New York Times
  • Fully interactive videoconferencing, however, in the hands of internationally renowned violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman, provides an example of how technology can widen and deepen not only arts education, but any kind of instruction. —BNET

Word Ingredients
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virt excellence of character
-uos of the nature of
-o forms an Italian noun

A virtuoso is one who has the “nature of an excellent character,” in this case, possessing “excellence” in a technical skill.

Word Theater
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Sherlock Holmes Watson has made Sherlock out to be a virtuoso in the public eye.
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Word Constellation
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virtuous adj possessing moral excellence