[ self-mas-tuh-ree, -mah-stuh-, self- ]
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Origin of self-mastery

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby self-mastery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-mastery in a sentence

  • He was supposed to exhibit sophrosyne, or self-mastery, and overindulging in food, drink or sex was a sign that a man was weak.

  • Yet this extreme display of self-mastery, assuming that is what it was, did not rule out other forms of self-indulgence.

    Who Was the Real Cato? | David Frum | December 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Was it his moment of iron self-mastery that brought her with outstretched, clinging arms towards him?

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • A new life was burning in his veins, and for the first time since his boyhood he doubted his absolute self-mastery.

    The New Tenant | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • At length he rose, with a strong effort at self-mastery, some contempt of his weakness, and much remorse at his ungrateful envy.

    Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Slowly and with a strong self-mastery, Ham came to his feet.

    Destiny | Charles Neville Buck
  • She forced herself to laugh; even then the woman's self-mastery was something astounding.

    A Noble Woman | Ann S. Stephens