adroit

Definition: Having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers

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The count of Monte-Cristo - By Alexandre Dumas
...An instance was before him of one less adroit, as well as weaker and older, having devised a plan which nothing but an unfortunate mistake in geometrical calculation could have rendered abortive ....
Silas Marner - By George Eliot, Edward Leeds Gulick
...Nothing but a becoming blush betrayed the moving thoughts that urged themselves upon her as she accepted the seat next to Mr. Crackenthorp; for she was so instinctively neat and adroit in all her actions, and her pretty lips met each other with such quiet firmness, that it would have been difficult for her to appear agitated ....
The House of Mirth - By Edith Wharton, Albert Beck Wenzell
...This discovery at once produced in her a craving for higher guidance, for the adroit feminine hand which should give the right turn to her correspondence, the right `` look " to her hats, the right succession to the items of her menus ....
The Mayor of Casterbridge - By Thomas Hardy
...That abstracted pedestrian had edged into the slit by the adroit fillip of his person sideways; from the slit he edged into the tavern by a similar exercise of skill ....
Of Human Bondage - By William Somerset Maugham
...Philip had been very adroit, and h was with a heavy heart that he gave up his winnings; but his fingers itched to play still, and a few days later, on hia way to the football field, he went into a shop and bought a pennyworth of J pens ....
Ben-Hur - By Lew Wallace
...His enemies were as adroit and powerful as any in the East ....
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...Our pioneer proved strong and adroit; he opened the dense mass like a wedge; with patience and toil he at last bored through the flesh-and-blood-rock--so solid, hot, and suffocating--and brought us to the fresh, freezing night ....
The Warden - By Anthony Trollope
...To speak the truth, Samuel was a cunning boy, and those even whoJoved him best could not but own that for one so young, he was too adroit in choosing his words, and too skilled in modulating his voice ....
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon - By Washington Irving
...I have done, for I fear that my reader is growing weary; but I could not refrain from drawing the picture of this worthy brother of the angle; who has made me more than ever in love with the theory, though I fear I shall never be adroit in the practice of his art : and I will conclude this rambling sketch, in the words of honest Izaak Walton, by craving the blessing of St Peter 's master upon my reader, and upon all that are true lovers of virtue; and dare trust in his providence; and be quiet; and go a angling ....
Essays - By Ralph Waldo Emerson
...My prudence consists in avoiding and going without, not in the inventing of means and methods, not in adroit steering, not in gentle repairing ....
Tom Brown's School Days - By Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown
...Even in the School-house, by dint of his command of money, the constant supply of good things which he kept up, and his adroit toadyism, he had managed to make himself not only tolerated, but rather popular amongst his own contemporaries; although young Brooke scarcely spoke to him, and one or two others of the right sort showed their opinions of him whenever a chance offered ....
Romola - By George Eliot
...Tessa 's fingers had not become more adroit with the years--only very much fatter ....