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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of overmaster.

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Examples

  • So when he is brought suddenly to the strong light of the sun the effulgence overmasters him, and he is blind as a bat.

    Black and White

  • Love overmasters the thoughts of his youth, and he becomes in sober reality the monster that he was sometimes in sleep.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • The ruin of oligarchy is the ruin of democracy; the same disease magnified and intensified by liberty overmasters democracy — the truth being that the excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction; and this is the case not only in the seasons and in vegetable and animal life, but above all in forms of government.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • What other men may mean when they use that expression, I cannot tell; what I mean is, that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • I am obeying a passion, an impulse perhaps, because I have but one aim, one that overmasters all else.

    The Idiot

  • When, on the other hand, the tempest in his mind overmasters his sanity, a remarkable tiling begins to happen.

    Shakespeare

  • If called to speak in public, opium gives him a copiousness of thought, a fluency of utterance, a fruitfulness of illustration, and a penetrating, thrilling eloquence, which often astounds and overmasters himself, not less than it kindles, melts, and sways the audience he addresses.

    The Opium Habit

  • But Eleanor's prattle breaks off shortly, for her throat feels strangled, and the misery that Giddy clearly sees beneath her smiles overmasters her.

    When the Birds Begin to Sing

  • The fancied invincibility of British discipline went down before the rifles of farmers; but the quickening sentiment, which gave nerve to the arm, steadiness to the heart, and force to the blow, was one of those historic expressions of human will and faith, which, under deep sense of wrong incurred and rights imperilled, overmasters discipline, and has the method of an inspired madness.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 5, May, 1884

  • And belief overmasters doubt, and I know that I know,

    Diane of the Green Van

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