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masterful

dominating; self-willed: The envoy’s masterful behavior irritated the citizens.
Not to be confused with:
masterly – like or befitting a master: a masterly presentation of his paintings

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 ?
Caswall, too, took new courage from her coming, and all his masterfulness and power came back to him.
Rage flamed in his keen eyes; but by the masterfulness of his self-control he kept his tones level as he spoke.
His masterfulness delighted me and terrified me, for my fancies wantonly roved until I found myself considering him as a lover, as a husband.