mas·​ter·​stroke ˈma-stər-ˌstrōk How to pronounce masterstroke (audio)
: a masterly performance or move

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Which is why the casting of de Armas is a masterstroke. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 One interpretation is that McCaskill pulled off a masterstroke. Grayson Quay, The Week, 21 July 2022 The Biden administration’s decision to undermine potential Russian false-flag operations by making intelligence findings public was a masterstroke. William A. Galston, WSJ, 3 May 2022 China’s swift and severe lockdown measures looked like a masterstroke early on in the pandemic, with factories up and running again in a matter of weeks. Christian Lanng, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 In ten years, Beijing may see this not as a masterstroke but a misadventure. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 And his signature style — analog, unhurried, profoundly human — found its apogee in Boyhood, the 2014 coming-of-age masterstroke that took him 12 years to make. Leah Greenblatt,, 20 Mar. 2022 That people have not stopped generating literature and ancillary art in response to Wilson and his masterstroke speaks to the sustained relevance of his contributions to pop music and its environs. Cecilia Gigliotti, Longreads, 6 Mar. 2022 But Trump, in a rhetorical masterstroke, saw an opportunity to twist the term to his own ends. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of masterstroke was in 1679

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“Masterstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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