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[oh-ver-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˌoʊ vərˈmæs tər, -ˈmɑ stər/
verb (used with object)
to gain mastery over; conquer; overpower:
The sudden impulse had quite overmastered me.
Origin of overmaster
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at over-, master
Related forms
overmasteringly, adverb Unabridged
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  • These two elements coxisted from early times, and caused perpetual ferment by their struggles to overmaster each other.

    The Cradle of the Christ Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  • He longed to cry to her from his soul, to crush her body against his, to overmaster her.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • Consequently the mere life of the body, the powers of the physical nature of man, overmaster the faculties of the mind.

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • The slow flowing of countless littles into the hands of the One overmaster Great is suddenly reversed.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
  • Scoundrels dictate laws to the Convention, which they overmaster.

  • It had begun so delicately; it became in a little while so determined, it threatened to overmaster him.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • The coward is not the man who is afraid, but the man who allows his fear to overmaster him.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • Here his emotion appeared quite to overmaster him for an instant, and Comethup felt very sorry for him indeed.

  • For she being so much left to solitude, she came to greet my return with an increasing fervour that came nigh to overmaster me.

British Dictionary definitions for overmaster


(transitive) to overpower
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overmaster

mid-14c., from over- + master (v.). Related: Overmastered; overmastering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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