self-mastery

noun
self-mas·​tery | \ ˌself-ˈmas-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce self-mastery (audio) \

Definition of self-mastery

: 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

First Known Use of self-mastery

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-mastery.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-mastery. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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