Adjective "mastery" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Comprehensive knowledge or skill in a particular subject or activity.
  1. 'His quest for knowledge and mastery extends beyond the proper way to run a slant pattern, although he could tell you that, step by step.'
  2. 'It would be good if there were more people with real mastery of other subjects.'
  3. 'Thus, additional practice and greater skill mastery is recommended in preparation for night diving activities.'
  4. 'Yet mastery of some knowledge and the art of control is the secret of success.'
  5. 'The multiple-choice questions do not give the opportunity for the student to convey his mastery on the subject.'
  6. 'This narrative voice challenges our desire for mastery of knowledge.'
  7. 'This demonstrates how dichotomous scoring cannot reward students for less than full knowledge or mastery of the content area.'
  8. 'Their enthusiastic presentation demonstrated their mastery of the subject and of the skills necessary to execute their projects.'
  9. 'By using this example, I do not mean to suggest that mastery of technical skill is not important, only that it is not sufficient.'
  10. 'You can move people from the basic level of just knowing how to do something to real mastery of the subject.'
  11. 'a child's mastery of language'
  12. 'In this scenario, your mastery of the English language will do you no good.'
  13. 'His mastery of the English language has often been in dispute but ‘Chronicles’ will surely put an end to the debate.'
  14. 'As children gain mastery in real skills, they should take pride in their accomplishments.'
  15. 'The primary focus of the sessions is to increase the mastery of the English language.'
  16. 'The audience responded the way it would to any foreigner, whose mastery of the language could be restricted to the pleasantries.'
  17. 'For one so young, her mastery over this archaic tongue was surprising.'
  18. 'The requirement that you prove your mastery of the Bulgarian language has, as reported in The Sofia Echo some time ago, been removed.'
  19. 'It is in the early years that languages can most easily be learned, and the mastery of a second language makes that of a third even easier.'
  20. 'The mastery of at least two languages as well as the mother tongue is essential to secure the future of British society.'
Control or superiority over someone or something.
  1. 'The pioneer legend had asserted human mastery over nature; ‘wilderness’ asserted the moral claim of nature over humans.'
  2. 'The development of agriculture allowed for our increasing mastery over nature.'
  3. 'Thus, these are terms applied to the geographic extent of achieving zero incidence, not to the degree of our mastery over the pathogen.'
  4. 'Every inhabitant of the city, however great or humble, seeks to achieve some measure of mastery over it.'
  5. 'He wanted obedience and he wanted mastery over the boy.'
  6. 'The calmness combined with the mask's ability gave him an unprecedented level of power and mastery over the stones.'
  7. 'The practice of Yoga is more or less physical in nature, through chanting, breathing and other exercises one tries to achieve physical mastery over the body.'
  8. 'He is seated on a tiger skin, a symbol of power, showing his mastery over the animal world.'
  9. 'A discipline and some mastery over one's own mood are indispensable.'
  10. 'The excitement comes from its depiction of mastery over the void, made possible by the invention of a new skin - the space suit.'

More definitions

noun, plural masteries for 1,


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.


Middle English: from Old French maistrie, from maistre ‘master’.