Definition of mastermind in English:

mastermind

noun

  • 1A person with an outstanding intellect.

    ‘an eminent musical mastermind’
    • ‘Guitarist and producer Dave is a PhD student at Columbia, and a musical mastermind.’
    • ‘It turns out that he's currently working on a project with my favorite Ethiopian musical mastermind.’
    • ‘One of the most refreshing aspects of the album is that this is a European album, from a German musical mastermind, that doesn't sound like it should remain on the European continent.’
    • ‘If you think your dog has what it takes to be a canine genius, or your cat could be a feline mastermind, now is your opportunity to find out just what makes a clever pet.’
    • ‘They called him a mastermind, they called him a genius… but he couldn't plan for this?’
    genius, mind, intellect, author, architect, engineer, director, planner, organizer, deviser, originator, manager, prime mover, initiator, inventor
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    1. 1.1 A person who plans and directs an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise.
      ‘McAvoy was the mastermind of the robbery’
      • ‘Will it lead to the mastermind of the plot?’
      • ‘Unfortunately, there was an accident and she was taken in by the mastermind behind the plan.’
      • ‘There have been several reports of missed opportunities in capturing the excused terror mastermind.’
      • ‘But you need a thoroughbred forensic expert to put the pieces together, to search for the missing links, to finally point fingers at the mastermind behind a crime.’
      • ‘The search for a foreign mastermind of the attacks, however, has so far not panned out.’
      • ‘Standing tall, black hood and mask concealing all but his yellow eyes, and carrying his deactivated double-edged saber, was the mastermind of this entire plan.’
      • ‘He might not be a criminal mastermind, but he could do some math.’
      • ‘The mastermind behind this operation was sitting directly at the center of the huge plateau.’
      • ‘Only the masterminds of this scheme knew the full truth.’
      • ‘On the other hand, I do not believe that the police or military can uncover the masterminds behind the blasts.’
      • ‘So who was the mastermind who devised the scheme in the first place?’
      • ‘‘But, we have yet to speak about the masterminds behind the bombing operation,’ he added.’
      • ‘I'm certain that some Chess players envisage themselves as political masterminds manipulating people behind the scenes but this is entirely at the discretion of the player.’
      • ‘He knew that he'd not easily find the masterminds behind the attacks.’
      • ‘He had been the mastermind behind the whole plan, I was sure he could get us out of all of this trouble.’
      • ‘Police assume that this was about the time when the criminal masterminds abandoned their plan and ran off.’
      • ‘He believes the film makers clearly identified him as the mastermind behind the murder despite his acquittal at the Special Criminal Court.’
      • ‘Being the intelligent evil mastermind, he had already devised a scheme to rid him of the burden.’
      • ‘The three accused are certainly not in the category of the political or military masterminds behind the conflicts and atrocities.’
      • ‘The suspected mastermind of that case reportedly escaped from prison three years earlier by digging a tunnel.’
      initiator, prime mover, motivator, architect, designer, deviser, planner, shaper, inventor, maker, producer, contriver, originator, author, creator, founder, pioneer, father, mother, founding father, agent
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Plan and direct (an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise)

    ‘he was accused of masterminding a gold-smuggling racket’
    • ‘The governor says a terrorist plot was masterminded behind these prison walls.’
    • ‘Meanwhile a Briton is being questioned in Holland on suspicion of masterminding a multi-million-pound heroin smuggling ring, police said yesterday.’
    • ‘My opponent became increasingly frustrated by my beginners luck and masterminded a cunning ploy to level the scores.’
    • ‘Five suspects accused of masterminding the June bombing are on trial in the southern port city, charged with conspiracy, murder and terrorism.’
    • ‘Police are also hunting a fifth man who they believe masterminded the attacks.’
    • ‘The rich family has an English butler who is masterminding a plot to kidnap Michelangelo and hold him for ransom.’
    • ‘During his time there, he moonlighted as a public relations consultant, masterminding arrangements for Prince Albert to lay the foundation stone for new docks at Grimsby.’
    • ‘He had been credited with masterminding the doctrine of ‘pre-emption’, which argues that a state can take military action to deter an attack.’
    • ‘Of the 120 suspected of masterminding the genocide, 82 have so far been indicted and 67 arrested.’
    • ‘In effect the children transformed themselves into pop impresarios - masterminding a campaign to propel a band called X-Factor into the charts and on to superstardom.’
    • ‘She had no management at that time, and we masterminded the whole situation.’
    • ‘If he is still alive, and if he is functioning, then it's essential that we prevent him from masterminding any other terrorist actions.’
    • ‘The senior officers who masterminded the murder have not been indicted.’
    • ‘But now the wannabe mechanic has masterminded an innovative scheme to help put both himself and other youngsters on the road to success.’
    • ‘The building has clearly been crafted with extreme care and many people were involved in masterminding the practical details.’
    • ‘Now we should introduce you to the man alleged to have masterminded the scheme.’
    • ‘A fraudster jailed after making a fortune from masterminding a timeshare swindle could be forced to pay £80 million to his victims.’
    • ‘The woman who successfully masterminded Bolton's dream of university status is to retire next year.’
    • ‘And is this tape proof that he masterminded the attack on America?’
    • ‘He eventually confessed to being part of a bomb plot masterminded by the British embassy.’
    control, plan, direct, be in charge of, run, conduct, organize, arrange, administer, regulate, supervise, superintend, preside over, orchestrate, stage-manage, engineer, manage, coordinate, conceive, devise, put together, forge, originate, initiate, think up, create, work out, dream up, frame, hatch, generate, come up with, have the bright idea of
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Pronunciation

mastermind

/ˈmɑːstəmʌɪnd/