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  1. 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 W. Raleigh.
  2. 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. B. Jonson.
  3. (obsolete) Contest for superiority. Holland.
  4. (obsolete) A masterly operation; a feat.
    I will do a maistrie ere I go. Chaucer.
  5. (obsolete) Specifically, the philosophers' stone, philosopher's stone.
  6. The act or process of mastering; the state of having mastered.
    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.
Etymology: From w:Old French, Old French maistrie.


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