over·​mas·​ter ˌō-vər-ˈma-stər How to pronounce overmaster (audio)
overmastered; overmastering; overmasters

Examples of overmaster in a Sentence

the student was overmastered by the stress of taking the college placement test and broke down crying
Recent Examples on the Web Passion is an intense, driving or overmastering feeling or conviction. Bird Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 8 Dec. 2019 Jesus’ Son is about the force of addiction and the only thing that can overmaster it: the ecstatic experience of God. Longreads, 17 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overmaster was in the 14th century

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“Overmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmaster. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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