physically quick and skilful. Adroit, deft, and adept are all synonymous with dexterous. These words, however, do not have as strong of a noun form as dexterous with dexterity. Dexterity is a very powerful and sophisticated word for denoting skilfulness.
– Jim’s colleagues envied his dexterous evasion of his boss’s boring sales presentation.
– The older pianist eyesight was diminishing, but his hands were still dexterous enough to play the flight of Bumble Bee
– It was Michelangelo amazing dexterity that enabled him to chisel the masterpiece David in marble.
adroit, facile, handy
Slander (noun, verb)
(n.) 1. the act of saying something false and damaging to a person’s reputation; 2. a false statement that damages someone’s reputation; (v.) to make a false and purposely malicious statement against someone.
– His negative characterization of me was tantamount to slander.
– The politician’s reputation was slandered by his opponent, who made false accusations and leaked rumors to the press.
– I regard his malicious comments as slander on my reputation.
(n.) defamation, smear, aspersion, (v.) defame,