[mas-ter-ship, mah-ster-]
the office, function, or authority of a master.
control; command: to have mastership over one's desires.
mastery, as of a subject.
expert skill or knowledge: He played with the mastership of a devoted musician.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see master, -ship Unabridged
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master (ˈmɑːstə)
1.  the man in authority, such as the head of a household, the employer of servants, or the owner of slaves or animalsRelated: magistral
2.  a.  a person with exceptional skill at a certain thing: a master of the violin
 b.  (as modifier): a master thief
3.  (often capital) a great artist, esp an anonymous but influential artist
4.  a.  a person who has complete control of a situation
 b.  an abstract thing regarded as having power or influence: they regarded fate as the master of their lives
5.  a.  a workman or craftsman fully qualified to practise his trade and to train others in it
 b.  (as modifier): master carpenter
6.  a.  an original copy, stencil, tape, etc, from which duplicates are made
 b.  (as modifier): master copy
7.  a player of a game, esp chess or bridge, who has won a specified number of tournament games
8.  the principal of some colleges
9.  a highly regarded teacher or leader whose religion or philosophy is accepted by followers
10.  a graduate holding a master's degree
11.  the chief executive officer aboard a merchant ship
12.  a person presiding over a function, organization, or institution
13.  chiefly (Brit) a male teacher
14.  an officer of the Supreme Court of Judicature subordinate to a judge
15.  the superior person or side in a contest
16.  a machine or device that operates to control a similar one
17.  (often capital) the heir apparent of a Scottish viscount or baron
18.  (modifier) overall or controlling: master plan
19.  (modifier) designating a device or mechanism that controls others: master switch
20.  (modifier) main; principal: master bedroom
21.  informal (South African) the master the man of the house
22.  to become thoroughly proficient in: to master the art of driving
23.  to overcome; defeat: to master your emotions
24.  to rule or control as master
Related: magistral
[Old English magister teacher, from Latin; related to Latin magis more, to a greater extent]

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He moves with ease, sometimes even with mastership, in all the traditional forms of poetry.
Mastership usually interferes with humanism in such cases.
Upon obtaining mastership, it performs its operations.
Neither in ancient or modern times has she one monument of this kind, showing mastership.
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