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adjectiverare, archaic, poetic
Possessing or endowed with prowess; valiant, brave, skilful. Also occasionally as noun, with the and plural concord: people showing prowess as a class.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Elijah Fenton (1683–1730), poet. From prowess + -ed, perhaps arising through misinterpretation of prowest, superlative of prow.
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