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Virtuosity intended as the ability of performing a difficult task and making it appear smooth and easy from the outside. So how would you define the inability of making something hard look very simple?

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    Virtuosity simply means great skill (usually, in music or another artistic pursuit). It has no special implication of "making it look easy" beyond what's pragmatically the likely context. So any synonym of incompetence would probably be a valid antonym, but the one to go for would depend on exact context. Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 15:49
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    Clumsiness, klutziness come to mind (the latter is usually only used facetiously). Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 16:08
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    Do all words have opposites? This repeated request for antonyms on the site suggests that some people think that language operates in a symmetrical universe -rather like mathematics. Besides many a good dictionary/thesaurus will suggest possible synonyms and antonyms.
    – WS2
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 16:33
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    @WS2 But opposites are so attractive. Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 16:37
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    What about "laboriousness" ? Where "laborious" means characterized by or exhibiting excessive effort, dullness, and lack of spontaneity.
    – Graffito
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 20:16

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awkwardness

lacking skill or dexterity, lacking grace or ease in movement, not well planned or designed for easy or effective use (dictionary.com)

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I believe maladroitness is the word you are looking for.

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  • Hi Brendan, please provide references when you post an answer. Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 8:17

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