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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 this mystery, thanks to Rouletabille, was naturally explained, by the help alone of his masterful mind, we were able to realise that the murderer had got away neither by a door, a window, nor the stairs--a fact which the judges would not admit.
He loved her jealously, with an inextinguishable ardour and an insatiable desire - he loved her with a masterful devotion and an infinite trustfulness.
To put the matter quite fairly, they have other objections to him:-- he is masterful and rather unsociable, and he is concerned with trade, which has complaints of its own that I know nothing about.
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.
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.
Every moment was drive, drive, drive, and Joe was the masterful shepherd of moments, herding them carefully, never losing one, counting them over like a miser counting gold, working on in a frenzy, toil-mad, a feverish machine, aided ably by that other machine that thought of itself as once having been one Martin Eden, a man.
Perhaps it was to this that the golden colour was due; but golden his eyes were, enticing and masterful, at the same time luring and compelling, and speaking a demand and clamour of the blood which no woman, much less Maud Brewster, could misunderstand.
He struck the deck with his long staff; the gold head flashed like a falling star; very close behind him a silent old fellow in a richly embroidered black jacket alone of all the Malays around did not follow the masterful gesture with a look.
There was something so big and arresting and virile in the man that the clatter and shouting died gradually away before his commanding gesture and his masterful eyes.
In view of all these surprises and reminders, and of his son's composed and masterful demeanour, there began to creep on Mr.
The historic interest of her family--that masterful line of d'Urbervilles--whom he had despised as a spent force, touched his sentiments now.