task·​mas·​ter | \ ˈtask-ˌma-stər How to pronounce taskmaster (audio) \

Definition of taskmaster

: one that imposes a task or burdens another with labor

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Synonyms for taskmaster


slave driver

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Examples of taskmaster in a Sentence

pitiless taskmaster that he was, Ebenezer Scrooge only reluctantly let his ill-paid clerk have Christmas Day off known as a tough but fair taskmaster

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She was known as a stern taskmaster who delivered love and learning to her students, many of whom tracked her down for years to deliver tales of their success in life. courant.com, "Ann Marie Norton," 12 June 2019 Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is a tough taskmaster, but Harris is self-critical. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Can Pistons' Tobias Harris unlock the key to future All-Star berths?," 22 Jan. 2018 Since December, Saturn — the taskmaster of the zodiac — has been moving across this exploratory zone, inspiring you to incorporate new adventure into your life. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 Your life is now under the influence of Saturn, who is the taskmaster. Chelsea Rickling, Marie Claire, "Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope," 6 Feb. 2017 Imagine Miles playing a taskmaster similar to the one J.K. Simmons played in Whiplash. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Perfect Roles for Les Miles's Budding Acting Career," 30 May 2018 Locke would feed and discipline that spirit, playing the critic, publicist, taskmaster, and impresario to the movement’s most luminous figures. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 By the end of the first season, Emma hasn’t completely transformed from the tense taskmaster who first wheeled her suitcase back into the bar with such apprehension. Caroline Framke, Vox, "Starz’s Vida is the rare TV show that centers on a queer Latinx community. It’s wonderful.," 5 May 2018 The Red Shoes tells the story of a dancer, Vicky Page (played by the British ballerina Moira Shearer in her acting debut), who joins a ballet company run by the intense taskmaster Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook). Pari Dukovic; Fashion Editor: Deborah Watson, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Red Shoes," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of taskmaster

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taskmaster was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of taskmaster

: a person who assigns work to other people

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