Masterful Mas"ter*ful, a. 1. Inclined to play the master; domineering; imperious; arbitrary. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the skill or power of a master; indicating or expressing power or mastery. [1913 Webster]

His masterful, pale face. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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