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mastery

[mas-tuh-ree, mah-stuh-] /ˈmæs tə ri, ˈmɑ stə-/
noun, plural masteries for 1-4.
1.
command or grasp, as of a subject:
a mastery of Italian.
2.
superiority or victory:
mastery over one's enemies.
3.
the act of mastering.
4.
expert skill or knowledge.
5.
the state of being master; power of command or control.
Origin of mastery
1175-1225
1175-1225; master + -y3; replacing Middle English maistrie < Old French
Related forms
nonmastery, noun, plural nonmasteries.
premastery, noun
remastery, noun, plural remasteries.
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  • Henceforth, I presume your great country will dispute with us for the mastery of the air.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I refer, of course, to man's mastery over the latent forces of Nature.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • The spirit-key to an understanding of God's Word is surrender of will and life to His mastery.

  • For his love's sake, he must seize on this opportunity given of fate to him for mastery.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • By the use of his hand, he gains dominion and mastery over all that lives upon the earth, in the air, or in the depths of the sea.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for mastery

mastery

/ˈmɑːstərɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
full command or understanding of a subject
2.
outstanding skill; expertise
3.
the power of command; control
4.
victory or superiority
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Word Origin and History for mastery
n.

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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