self-mas·​tery ˌself-ˈmas-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce self-mastery (audio)
: the ability to control one's own desires or impulses : self-control, self-discipline
However, I realized the wisdom of Rooke's advice, and went away by myself to get over my anger and reacquire my self-mastery.Bram Stoker
Self-esteem that is not backed by self-mastery becomes narcissism.Gracie Bonds Staples

Examples of self-mastery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, relinquishing control once in a while teaches you that making mistakes is a big part of your journey toward self-mastery. Narayana Montúfar, Women's Health, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-mastery was in 1652

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“Self-mastery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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