American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Given to playing the master; imperious or domineering.
- adj. Fit to command.
- adj. Revealing mastery or skill; expert: a masterful technique; masterful moviemaking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character or qualities of a master; capable of mastery; controlling; imperious; domineering.
- Expressing or indicating mastery; exhibiting force or power: as, a masterful manner or command.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the manner of a master of an art, technique, profession, or craft; masterly.
- adj. In the manner of a master; very skillful.
- adj. Having or showing the qualities of a master vis-a-vis a dependent or subordinate; authoritative; domineering.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inclined to play the master; domineering; imperious; arbitrary.
- adj. Having the skill or power of a master; indicating or expressing power or mastery.
- adj. having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
- master + -ful (Wiktionary)
“The other was a shrewd-looking, keen-faced, sparely-built man, with somewhat aquiline nose and straight narrow forehead, not at all bad-looking or evil-looking and with an air of strong determination; in short, what one calls a masterful man.”
“He began making recordings under his own name in the mid-'80s - around the time he was diagnosed with HIV - and for the better part of the next two decades, became known as a masterful interpreter and accompanist in his own right.”
“a stern and stubborn nature that those who liked him called masterful, and that those who disliked him -- a more numerous body -- termed tyrannical.”
“All six of the Vol’s scoring drives covered more than 80 yards, with freshman QBs Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge directed the drives in masterful fashion.”
“Though she did not graduate with a specific distinction, she was known as a masterful storyteller.”
“Every feature was strong and rugged, which gave his countenance an expression masterful to the point of being almost surly when it was in repose; but it was a face which caused most men -- and women over thirty -- to turn for a second glance.”
“Well, Wych?' he said, looking at her with the grey eyes full of love, and full of delight in her, and full of admiration of her; not the less, soft as they were, full also of that expression which is called masterful when people do not like it.”
“Taylor Branch's three-volume biography of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is variously described as masterful, epic, a narrative tour-de-force -- the definitive story of the civil rights movement in America's past century.”
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“Tonnie Bernhardson as Zuleika's old mother recalls her masterful performance as the mother in UCC's production of "Gypsy" a couple of years ago, although here in a smaller role.”
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