overmaster

[oh-ver-mas-ter, -mah-ster]

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 formso·ver·mas·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of overmaster

  • The backward drag rapidly decreased as the pull of Saturn and his system began to overmaster that of Jupiter.

    A Honeymoon in Space

    George Griffith

  • 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 has fainted," said Tom, not allowing the worse fear to overmaster him.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

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

    The Wave

    Algernon Blackwood

  • Again he sought to take her, to hold her and overmaster her.

    The Air Trust

    George Allan England



British Dictionary definitions for overmaster

overmaster

verb

(tr) to overpower
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Word Origin and History for overmaster
v.

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

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