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mastery

[mas-tuh-ree, mah-stuh-]
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:
1175–1225; master + -y3; replacing Middle English maistrie < Old French

nonmastery, noun, plural nonmasteries.
premastery, noun
remastery, noun, plural remasteries.
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mastery (ˈmɑːstərɪ)
 
n , 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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mastery
early 13c., mesterie, "condition of being a master," also "superiority, victory;" from O.Fr. maistrie, from maistre (see master). Meaning "intellectual command" (of a topic, etc.) is from 1660s.
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