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From Old French maistrie.
- The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
- If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops. — Sir Walter Raleigh.
- Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
- The voice of them that shout for mastery. — Exodus. xxxii. 18.
- Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. — 1 Corinthians. ix. 25.
- O, but to have gulled him / Had been a mastery. — Ben Jonson.
- (obsolete) Contest for superiority.
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- (obsolete) A masterly operation; a feat.
- I will do a maistrie ere I go. Chaucer.
- (obsolete) The philosopher's stone.
- The act or process of mastering; the state of having mastered; expertise.
- He could attain to a mastery in all languages. — Tillotson.
- The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties. — Locke.
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