Mas"ter*y (?), n.; pl. Masteries (#). [OF. maistrie.]
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.
Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
The voice of them that shout for mastery.
Ex. xxxii. 18.
Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
1 Cor. ix. 25.
O, but to have gulled him
Had been a mastery.
Contest for superiority.
A masterly operation; a feat.
I will do a maistrie ere I go.
Specifically, the philosopher's stone.
The act process of mastering; the state of having mastered.
He could attain to a mastery in all languages.
The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties.
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