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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Satprem is a harsh taskmaster whose edicts result in conflict between the residents of Auroville and its governing body at an ashram in Pondicherry. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 When your role is to be the strategic visionary as well as the day-to-day taskmaster, balance is key. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Your own conscience can be the harshest taskmaster. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2021 With such intense interest and so many eyes watching, Cahill, whose colleagues describe as a taskmaster noted for running tight courtrooms, has ruled with a stern hand. USA Today, 12 Apr. 2021 Along these same lines, Beheshti told CNBC that the mythos of Jobs as a tyrannical taskmaster obsessed with work has been overblown, to a degree. Andy Meek, BGR, 6 Apr. 2021 The director was an insecure taskmaster whose most recent movie had bombed. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 Work was difficult for the residence staff under Reid, who earned respect but also a reputation as a taskmaster, and who ran the White House with the exacting and fear-inducing sensibilities of a luxury-hotel manager. Susannah Jacob, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2021 Their taskmaster, meanwhile, is an illiterate polyglot who has become committed to Marxist theory after watching videos on the Internet. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of taskmaster

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Taskmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taskmaster. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taskmaster

: a person who assigns work to other people


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