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mas·ter·ful

 (măs′tər-fəl)
adj.
1. Acting or capable of acting as a master or leader, especially in being domineering or imperious: "Do you agree with me that I have a right to be a little masterful, abrupt; perhaps exacting, sometimes" (Charlotte Brontë).
2. Having or showing mastery or skill; expert: a masterful technique; masterful at filmmaking.

mas′ter·ful·ly adv.
mas′ter·ful·ness n.
Usage Note: According to a widely repeated dictum, masterful should be reserved for the sense "imperious, domineering" (as in a masterful tone of voice), whereas masterly should be the choice when the intended sense is "having the skill of a master" (as in a masterly performance of the sonata). But in practice writers have been less heedful, and today masterful is well attested with the meaning "finely skilled." In fact, the word masterful is far more likely to occur before words like performance and ability than masterly is.

masterful

(ˈmɑːstəfʊl)
adj
1. having or showing mastery
2. fond of playing the master; imperious
3. masterly
ˈmasterfully adv
ˈmasterfulness n
Usage: The use of masterful to mean masterly as in a masterful performance, although common, is considered incorrect by many people

mas•ter•ful

(ˈmæs tər fəl, ˈmɑ stər-)

adj.
1. having or showing the qualities of a master; authoritative.
2. domineering.
3. showing mastery; masterly.
[1300–50]
mas′ter•ful•ly, adv.
mas′ter•ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.masterful - having or revealing supreme mastery or skillmasterful - having or revealing supreme mastery or skill; "a consummate artist"; "consummate skill"; "a masterful speaker"; "masterful technique"; "a masterly performance of the sonata"; "a virtuoso performance"
skilled - having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade"

masterful

adjective
2. domineering, authoritative, dictatorial, bossy (informal), arrogant, imperious, overbearing, tyrannical, magisterial, despotic, high-handed, peremptory, overweening, self-willed Successful businesses need bold, masterful managers.
domineering weak, meek, spineless, irresolute, wussy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal)
Usage: In current usage there is a lot of overlap between the meanings of masterful and masterly. According to some, the first should only be used where there is a connotation of power and domination, the second where the connotations are of great skill. Nevertheless, as the Bank of English shows, the majority of uses of masterful these days relate to the second meaning, as in musically, it was a masterful display of the folk singer's art. Anyone wishing to observe the distinction would use only masterly in the context just given, and masterful in contexts such as: his need to be masterful with women was extreme; Alec was so masterful that he surprised himself.

masterful

adjective
2. Exercising authority:
3. Having or demonstrating a high degree of knowledge or skill:
Slang: crackerjack.
Translations
مُحِب للسَّيْطَرَه، مُسْتَبِد
pánovitýsuverénní
myndig
ráîríkur; skipandi
otoriteryönetme gücü olan

masterful

[ˈmɑːstəfʊl] ADJ
1. (= skilful) [performance] → magistral; [swordsman, horseman] → diestro; [leadership] → capaz
2. (= imperious) → imperioso, autoritario; [personality] → dominante

masterful

[ˈmɑːstərfəl] adj
(= masterly) [performance, skill, book, film] → magistral(e)
[performer, player, writer] → magistral(e)master key npasse-partout m inv

masterful

adjmeisterhaft; ball controlgekonnt; (= dominating) personalitygebieterisch; he’s got a masterful, yet polite attitudeer hat eine bestimmte, aber trotzdem höfliche Art; he said in a masterful tonesagte er in bestimmtem Ton; we were amazed at his masterful control of the meetingwir staunten darüber, wie überlegen or souverän er die Sitzung in der Hand hatte

masterful

[ˈmɑːstəfʊl] adj (imperious) → imperioso/a; (authoritative) → magistrale

master

(ˈmaːstə) feminine mistress (ˈmistris) noun
1. a person or thing that commands or controls. I'm master in this house!
2. an owner (of a slave, dog etc). The dog ran to its master.
3. a male teacher. the Maths master.
4. the commander of a merchant ship. the ship's master.
5. a person very skilled in an art, science etc. He's a real master at painting.
6. (with capital) a polite title for a boy, in writing or in speaking. Master John Smith.
adjective
(of a person in a job) fully qualified, skilled and experienced. a master builder/mariner/plumber.
verb
1. to overcome (an opponent, handicap etc). She has mastered her fear of heights.
2. to become skilful in. I don't think I'll ever master arithmetic.
ˈmasterful adjective
showing the power, authority or determination of a master. a masterful man.
ˈmasterfully adverb
ˈmasterfulness noun
ˈmasterly adjective
showing the skill of a master. His handling of the situation was masterly.
ˈmasterliness noun
ˈmastery noun
(usually with over or of) control, great skill or knowledge. We have gained mastery over the enemy.
master key
a key which opens a number of locks.
ˈmastermind noun
the person planning and controlling an undertaking or scheme. He was the mastermind behind the scheme.
verb
to plan (such a scheme). Who masterminded the robbery?
ˈmasterpiece noun
a piece of work or art worthy (to be called the greatest achievement) of a master. He considers this picture his masterpiece.
master stroke
a very clever thing to do. This sudden, unexpected attack was a master stroke.
master switch
a switch for controlling a number of other switches. There is a master switch that controls all the electricity.
master of ceremonies abbreviation ( MC)
a person who announces the various stages of an entertainment, formal social gathering, series of speakers at a dinner etc. The master of ceremonies introduced the speaker.
References in classic literature ?
When John spoke in that masterful tone, Meg always obeyed, and never regretted her docility.
Instead, he lay perfectly still, looking at her and listening to the army of bees that sang the sustained masterful song of labor above his head.
If her talent had been ten-fold greater than it was, it would not have surprised him, convinced as he was that he had bequeathed to all of his daughters the germs of a masterful capability, which only depended upon their own efforts to be directed toward successful achievement.
She raised her head slowly, till it was well up, and at the same time her great frame unconsciously assumed an erect and masterful attitude, with all the majesty and grace of her vanished youth in it.
Then, in the first place, do you agree with me that I have a right to be a little masterful, abrupt, perhaps exacting, sometimes, on the grounds I stated, namely, that I am old enough to be your father, and that I have battled through a varied experience with many men of many nations, and roamed over half the globe, while you have lived quietly with one set of people in one house?
But I put it upo' your conscience, Master Marner, as there's one of 'em you must choose--ayther smacking or the coal-hole-- else she'll get so masterful, there'll be no holding her.
He had heard A MAN'S VOICE in the dressing-room, saying, in a curiously masterful tone:
Something about his masterful air pleased Tuck, in spite of his churlishness.
Both might have been boys, except for the half tender and always masterful manifestation of the protective instinct which was apparent in Korak's attitude.
In view of all these surprises and reminders, and of his son's composed and masterful demeanour, there began to creep on Mr.
I had been a mere lad then, and Moreau was, I suppose, about fifty,-- a prominent and masterful physiologist, well-known in scientific circles for his extraordinary imagination and his brutal directness in discussion.
When Ming Huang bade the masterful eunuch Kao Li-shih unlace the poet's boots, he gave him a relentless enemy whose malice pursued him, until at length he was glad to beg leave to retire from the court, where he was never at ease and to which he never returned.