• WordNet 3.6
    • n masterstroke an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Masterstroke a stroke or performance worthy of a master: superior performance
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. maistre (Fr. maître)—L. magister, from root of magnus, great.


In literature:

This in itself was a masterstroke.
"The Iron Heel" by Jack London
Matcham often thinks of the masterstroke.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Dada used to say, that it is the devil's masterstroke to get us to accuse him.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Or is the abrupt third line of Joachim's speech to be regarded as a masterstroke of characterisation?
"Old Scores and New Readings" by John F. Runciman
Mr. Hooley's feat was a masterstroke!
"Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest" by Alice B. Emerson
This was his masterstroke.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
For instance, this interview is a masterstroke.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
But the great Frenchman's masterstroke was his treaty with Gustavus Adolphus.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Indeed, the chevalier had just made a masterstroke.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Since it was May it was the end of a season, and the minute Barbara had long ago chosen for a masterstroke.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
It was a masterstroke, and so Sybil pronounced it afterwards.
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford
It was a masterstroke of yours, Mr. Linton, to think of supplying him with counsel.
"Roland Cashel Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
She delivered an ingenious masterstroke to wound.
"The Unknown Sea" by Clemence Housman
It was a masterstroke of the bold policy of the new Government.
"A Fantasy of Far Japan" by Baron Kencho Suyematsu
It might have been, from his large assent to it, a masterstroke of high policy.
"Notes of a Son and Brother" by Henry James
Muriel made, by way of reply, what she conceived to be a social masterstroke.
"Running Sands" by Reginald Wright Kauffman
He had caught sight of Mr. Jobling in the doorway, and turned to Sallie, his quick mind bent on a masterstroke.
"The White Blackbird" by Hudson Douglas
That was a masterstroke indeed.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But Walker's masterstroke lay with Dobb, who, in a sense, represented Mrs. Garth and her daughter.
"The House 'Round the Corner" by Gordon Holmes

In news:

But it wasn't until my second dinner that I discovered Ben Gui 's masterstroke — the "Unique Maki" menu.
Judas Priest's masterstroke album, British Steel, released April 14, 1980, is officially 29 years old.
Take This Waltz , the luminous portrait of dimming passion, would be a masterstroke from a veteran filmmaker.