Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being masterful, imperious, or domineering.
- n. The quality of being masterful.
- masterful + -ness (Wiktionary)
“His masterfulness delighted me and terrified me, for my fancies wantonly roved until I found myself considering him as a lover, as a husband.”
“As for the five Asiatics, I feel that they are stouter behind me now that I have shown masterfulness.”
“A little later during the meal I ventured to talk about what had interested me and aroused my admiration, namely, the masterfulness with which Mr. Pike and Mr. Mellaire had gripped hold of that woeful, worthless crew.”
“Sometimes as they twist they seem almost to falter, and their wings almost to battle with one another, wrestling each other's velocity and direction, as if the whole organism will be ripped apart by conflicting impulses, until the bird reasserts again all its anarchic masterfulness once more.”
“His very strength and masterfulness makes her conquest complete.”
“And also, she to stir me odd whiles unto masterfulness; and so you to know pretty well how it did be with me in the matter.”
“He found her sweet spot and rasped his fingertip over it and over it with a masterfulness that brought her right to the edge of climax.”
“In making this resolution — that he would give her back her troth if she asked for it, but not without expressing to her his thoughts as he did so — he ignored the masterfulness of his own character.”
“He met her at the movies in the morning; he drove out to her flat in the late afternoon or on evenings when he was believed to be at the Elks. He knew her financial affairs and advised her about them, while she lamented her feminine ignorance, and praised his masterfulness, and proved to know much more about bonds than he did.”
“There was about his father a spirit of masterfulness, which he was sure Marie would not be able to withstand.”
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