adjective SYNONYMY NOTE: masterful implies such strength of personality as enables one to impose his will on others
[a masterful orchestral conductor]; domineering implies the arrogant, tyrannical manner of one who openly tries to dominate another
[a domineering mother]; imperious suggests the arbitrary ruling of an emperor, but connotes less arrogance than , . domineering [the imperious old dean of the college]; magisterial, while not suggesting an assumption of arbitrary powers, implies an excessive use
or display of such inherent powers as a magistrate might have [he dismissed me with a magisterial air] 1. fond of acting the part of a master; domineering; imperious
2. having or showing the ability of a master; expert; skillful; masterlyusage objected to by some
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