Synonyms of mastery
1 understandingDictionary • He demonstrated his mastery of political manoeuvring.
understanding • They have to have a basic understanding of computers.
knowledge • the quest for scientific knowledge
comprehension • The situation was utterly beyond her comprehension.
ability • Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
skill • The cut of a diamond depends on the skill of its craftsman.
know-how (informal) • He hasn't got the know-how to run a farm.
command • His command of English was excellent.
grip • He has lost his grip on reality.
grasp • They have a good grasp of foreign languages.
expertise • the lack of management expertise within the company
prowess • He's always bragging about his prowess as a cricketer.
familiarity • The enemy would always have the advantage of familiarity with the rugged terrain.
attainment • their educational attainments
proficiency • Evidence of basic proficiency in English is required.
virtuosity • At that time, his virtuosity on the trumpet had no parallel in jazz.
dexterity • He showed great dexterity on the guitar.
deftness • a player who combines deftness of touch with superb technique
2 controlDictionary • a region where humans have gained mastery over the major rivers
control • The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.
authority • The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
command • the struggle for command of the air
rule • the winding-up of British rule over the territory
victory • His players deserved this famous victory.
triumph • Cataract operations are a triumph of modern surgery.
sway • How can mothers keep daughters under their sway?
domination • They had five centuries of domination by the Romans.
superiority • Our army has air superiority.
conquest • This hidden treasure charts the brutal Spanish conquest of the Aztecs.
supremacy • The president asserted his supremacy over the prime minister.
dominion • They believe they have dominion over us.
ascendancy • The extremists are gaining ascendancy.
pre-eminence • London's continuing pre-eminence among European financial centres
mana (New Zealand) • a leader of great mana and influence
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abilityYour ability is the quality or skill that you have which makes it possible for you to do something.
• Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
ascendancyIf one group has ascendancy over another group, it has more power or influence than the other group.
• The extremists are gaining ascendancy.
Thesaurus for mastery from the Collins English Thesaurus