unmasterful

masterful

[mas-ter-fuhl, mah-ster-]
adjective
1.
dominating; self-willed; imperious.
2.
having or showing the qualities of a master; authoritative; powerful.
3.
showing mastery or skill; masterly: a masterful performance.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see master, -ful

masterfully, adverb
masterfulness, noun
overmasterful, adjective
overmasterfully, adverb
overmasterfulness, noun
unmasterful, adjective
unmasterfully, adverb

masterful, masterly (see usage note at the current entry).


1. peremptory. 3. consummate, supreme; adept, expert, skilled, skillful, matchless.


At an earlier time, both masterful and masterly had two senses: “having a commanding or domineering nature or manner” and “possessing the skill of a master.” The earliest sense of masterly, “having a commanding nature,” has been obsolete since the 18th century. Masterful continues to be used in all varieties of speech and writing in both senses, despite the protests of some who prefer that masterful be restricted to the sense “dominating or imperious”: The envoy's masterful behavior irritated the citizens. Few painters have produced so many masterful (or masterly) portraits.
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masterful (ˈmɑːstəfʊl)
 
adj
1.  having or showing mastery
2.  fond of playing the master; imperious
3.  masterly
 
usage  The use of masterful to mean masterly as in a masterful performance, although common, is considered incorrect by many people
 
'masterfully
 
adv
 
'masterfulness
 
n

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masterful
c.1300, "fond of being a master," from master + -ful. Sense evolved through "having capabilities to command" (c.1400) to "characterized by a master's skill" (1610s).
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