What does masterly mean?

Definitions for masterly
ˈmæs tər li, ˈmɑ stər-mas·ter·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consummate, masterful, masterly, virtuoso(a)adjective

    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"


  1. masterlyadverb

    In a masterful manner; competently.

    When playing the violin his masterly bowing technique was a joy to hear.

  2. masterlyadjective

    That has been executed in the manner of one who is a master; extremely competently.

    Her years of experience enabled her to render a masterly performance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Masterlyadjective

    Etymology: from master.

    As for the warmth of fansy, the masterly figures, and the copiousness of imagination, he has exceeded all others. Dryd.

    That clearer strokes of masterly design,
    Of wise contrivance, and of judgment shine,
    In all the parts of nature we assert,
    Than in the brightest works of human art. Richard Blackmore.

    A man either discovers new beauties, or receives stronger impressions from the masterly strokes of a great author every time he peruses him. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 409.

  2. Masterlyadverb

    With the skill of a master.

    Thou dost speak masterly
    Young though thou art. William Shakespeare.

    I read a book; I think it very masterly written. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masterlyadjective

    suitable to, or characteristic of, a master; indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power; showing a master's hand; as, a masterly design; a masterly performance; a masterly policy

  2. Masterlyadjective

    imperious; domineering; arbitrary

  3. Masterlyadverb

    with the skill of a master

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of masterly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of masterly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of masterly in a Sentence

  1. Jimmy Hanson:

    He spared no pains to make the place attractive so that it might minister comfort to the men, then every night would see him at the work which he loved and excelled in – expounding the Scriptures in a masterly way to the men who gathered to hear him.

  2. Edmund Burke:

    In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.

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