Definition of overmaster in US English:



[with object]literary
  • Overcome; conquer.

    ‘he was overmastered by events’
    • ‘Sometimes she felt the overmastering desire to strangle her with kisses.’
    • ‘Yet there is one writer whose unmistakable voice will occasionally overmaster hers.’
    • ‘Everything is made subordinate to the overmastering dictates of war.’
    • ‘Presumably they have all left their warm beds at the compulsion of some overmastering motive: duty, ambition, or fear of poverty.’
    • ‘Yet while under the influence of the Summoning Stone, I feared for a time that it was the Demon King himself who had overmastered me, for I could not sense Morlock anywhere… but I understand better now.’
    • ‘Aromatic logs would be burned under the windows of the rich to overmaster the stench that penetrated the city.’
    • ‘The life-story perspective reveals a common presentation in patients who have been demoralized and overmastered by circumstances.’
    • ‘One thing, however, can be said with reasonable confidence: throughout his life Aristotle was driven by one overmastering desire - the desire for knowledge.’
    • ‘They know that the overmastering intentions of the cosmos cannot be undone, but believe that down the line events can be tweaked.’
    • ‘It's a weakness of mine, I admit, that my judgment is often overmastered by passion.’