Definition of taskmaster in English:


nounFeminine taskmistress

  • A person who imposes a harsh or onerous workload on someone.

    ‘he was a hard taskmaster’
    • ‘It is this very attention to detail that gives Miquel such a grasp of the businesses he runs, but also leads critics to describe him as difficult, a hard taskmaster and obsessive.’
    • ‘He is said by colleagues to be a hard taskmaster who does not tolerate failure.’
    • ‘We object to the portrayal of Jesus as a demanding taskmaster who will send us to hell if we fail to live as faithful Christians.’
    • ‘But history is a hard taskmaster and she has also bequeathed to us all the problems arising from the defeats and betrayals of the socialist revolution in the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Martin, the course director, is something of a harsh taskmaster when he wants to be.’
    • ‘He seemed a hard taskmaster, but he did it all for what he saw to be the ultimate good.’
    • ‘Soden has been portrayed in some quarters as a hard taskmaster who doesn't suffer fools gladly.’
    • ‘And he is a hard taskmaster where science is concerned.’
    • ‘He went to train in Paris, Belgium and Scotland under harsh taskmasters.’
    • ‘I appreciated the counselling of compassion and acceptance, since my tendency is to be a harsh taskmistress.’
    • ‘I'm a hard taskmaster and there is still room for improvement.’
    • ‘The novel and the film tell the story of a piano instructor, Erika, a demanding taskmaster who embarks on a dramatic affair with a younger music student.’
    • ‘It involves hard choices and you have to be a hard taskmaster.’
    • ‘Generations of children in the town have grown up knowing her as a hard taskmaster in her role as a swimming instructor.’
    • ‘She's quite a hard taskmaster: everything has to be just right.’
    • ‘He can and will make mistakes and a public growing weary of this government will prove to be hard taskmasters when polling day comes around.’
    • ‘Having come face-to-face with the king of political interviews on his other show, University Challenge, she has nothing but praise for the hard taskmaster.’
    • ‘Renowned as a hard taskmaster who drives his charges to the limit, he admits to being a straight-talking sort who fell out with the rulers of amateur boxing in his native country.’
    • ‘Not only is it a hard taskmaster, insatiable in the demands it makes on its followers, it often saves the best till last.’
    • ‘He was my first guru and was a hard taskmaster, adamant about me getting the basics of my training in Carnatic music right.’