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[mas-tuh-ree, mah-stuh-] /ˈmæs tə ri, ˈmɑ stə-/
noun, plural masteries for 1-4.
command or grasp, as of a subject:
a mastery of Italian.
superiority or victory:
mastery over one's enemies.
the act of mastering.
expert skill or knowledge.
the state of being master; power of command or control.
Origin of mastery
1175-1225; master + -y3; replacing Middle English maistrie < Old French
Related forms
nonmastery, noun, plural nonmasteries.
premastery, noun
remastery, noun, plural remasteries. Unabridged
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  • Nor does this command of minute detail in any sense bar the way to an equal mastery of broad, general effects.
  • We have a mastery over our selves and our environments that is peculiar to our species.
  • It even has a chapter on the changes that occur in the brain during practice and mastery.
  • Once it no longer holds such a strong charge, having managed the problem will instill a sense of mastery.
  • The path to mastery is influenced by genes, but has more environmental variance.
  • The problem is not the drift to mechanism but the drive to mastery.
  • They both had a complete mastery and ownership of their craft, and their genius was making it all appear so effortless.
  • But first must come the recognition of a certain admirable mastery and the perception of some benefit in recognizing it.
  • The mastery of the turn is the story of how aviation became practical as a means of transportation.
  • One was a new appreciation for his mastery of campaigning.
British Dictionary definitions for mastery


noun (pl) -teries
full command or understanding of a subject
outstanding skill; expertise
the power of command; control
victory or superiority
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Word Origin and History for mastery

early 13c., mesterie, "condition of being a master," also "superiority, victory;" from Old French maistrie, from maistre "master" (see master (n.)). Meaning "intellectual command" (of a topic, etc.) is from 1660s.

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