Definition of masterly in English:


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  • Performed or performing in a very skillful and accomplished way.

    ‘his masterly account of rural France’
    • ‘This is a masterly account: detailed but always readable, authoritative but strenuously objective.’
    • ‘Apart from these two errors, the book is a masterly and worthy account of a crucial period in our history with excellent maps.’
    • ‘He gave a masterly account of the solo role in this work which makes huge demands on the soloist.’
    • ‘And by 2001, he was back on his political throne, having waged a masterly election campaign.’
    • ‘Even a casual glance reveals masterly mark-making which, while it appears so deliberate, is also clearly spontaneous.’
    • ‘The sheer density of colour and brushstrokes are of an artistic labour that is almost too difficult and masterly to comprehend.’
    • ‘It was a masterly strategy in which they re-wrote the rulebook by campaigning as an independent party in government.’
    • ‘The opening chapters are masterly, moving at a rapid pace.’
    • ‘No more beautiful film was released last year, each frame a masterly composition that looks as if it has been hand-tinted by Zen artists.’
    • ‘The fact that he brought that coalition together was a masterly performance.’
    • ‘He transcends his screen persona and ensures a masterly performance.’
    • ‘In masterly understated fashion he talks of what a ‘lovely time’ his stint with Celtic has provided him.’
    • ‘Colours, space, light, and composition are used to masterly, painterly effect.’
    • ‘His designs rework colors, patterns and textures in masterly permutations.’
    • ‘His hallmark full, burnished tone and his strong technique have developed into something masterly.’
    • ‘Leonardo is famous for his masterly paintings, such as The Last Supper and Mona Lisa.’
    • ‘His work is discussed, interpreted and evoked with masterly succinctness.’
    • ‘Her masterly voice has a magnetic quality, a dose of which has floored crowds across Europe.’
    • ‘It is a masterly physical performance, because of the nature of the film.’
    • ‘It is also as masterly an example of the etcher's art as you will ever see.’
    expert, adept, clever, masterful
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/ˈmastərlē/ /ˈmæstərli/


On the difference in use between masterly and masterful, see masterful