What does mastery mean?

Definitions for mastery
ˈmæs tə ri, ˈmɑ stə-mas·te·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mastery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. command, control, masterynoun

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    "a good command of French"

  2. domination, mastery, supremacynoun

    power to dominate or defeat

    "mastery of the seas"

  3. mastery, subordinationnoun

    the act of mastering or subordinating someone


  1. masterynoun

    The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.

    If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops. uE000175444uE001 Sir Walter Raleigh.

  2. masterynoun

    Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.

  3. masterynoun

    A masterly operation; a feat.

    I will do a maistrie ere I go. Chaucer.

  4. masterynoun

    The philosopher's stone.

  5. masterynoun

    The act or process of mastering; the state of having mastered; expertise.

  6. Etymology: From maistrie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Masterynoun

    Etymology: maistrise, French, from master.

    If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops, and for the towns that stand upon the roots. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    If a man strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned except he strive lawfully. 2 Tim. ii. 5.

    This is the case of those that will try masteries with their superiors, and bite that which is too hard. Roger L'Estrange.

    Good men I suppose to live in a state of mortification, under a perpetual conflict with their bodily appetites, and struggling to get the mastery over them. Francis Atterbury.

    Chief mast’ry to dissect,
    With long and tedious havock, fabled knights,
    In battles feign’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    He could attain to a mastery in all languages, and sound the depths of all arts and sciences. John Tillotson, Serm.

    To give sufficient sweetness, a mastery in the language is require
    d: the poet must have a magazine of words, and have the art to manage his few vowels to the best advantage. Dry.

    The learning and mastery of a tongue being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with any other difficulties. John Locke, on Education.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masterynoun

    the position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority

  2. Masterynoun

    superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence

  3. Masterynoun

    contest for superiority

  4. Masterynoun

    a masterly operation; a feat

  5. Masterynoun

    specifically, the philosopher's stone

  6. Masterynoun

    the act process of mastering; the state of having mastered

  7. Etymology: [OF. maistrie.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mastery

    Victory in war.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mastery in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mastery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mastery in a Sentence

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.

  2. Firdausi:

    If passion gaineth the mastery over reason, the wise will not count thee amongst men.

  3. Seneca:

    Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.

  4. Gerardo Naranjo:

    It is important to recognize the mastery of the older generation, cuaron, Inarritu, they found a way to protect their projects and that is the hardest thing to do in the United States. The industry finds ways to limit creativity over and over.

  5. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber:

    Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theatre was without equal.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
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