• WordNet 3.6
    • v overmaster overcome by superior force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Overmaster To overpower; to subdue; to vanquish; to govern.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overmaster To overpower; subdue; vanquish.
    • overmaster To retain by superior force; have in one's power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overmaster ō-vėr-mas′tėr to subdue, to govern: to get and keep in one's power.
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.”


In literature:

It was a wholesome instinct that made him fight against the overmastering emotions that attacked his heart.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
An overmastering desire seized him, a desire that he could not resist.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
On Elwyn's return home there had come to him a violent, overmastering revival of his passion.
"Studies in love and in terror" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
But curiosity overmastered me, and I came back.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
And he had no overmastering passion for excuse: what did he care for little Lucy?
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
He drew back, fearful lest her fascination again overmastered him.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
When, however, the overmastering desire for sympathy had passed, words cannot express her regret that she had spoken.
"The Third Miss Symons" by Flora Macdonald Mayor
At Erfurt the same vacillation overmastered Napoleon as that with which he had been tormented since Tilsit.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
A dogma is an overmastering sentiment which has found expression in a formula.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
Then weariness overmastered him like a plague, and I tried music and reading in vain.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint

In poetry:

Heaven knows, much farther
Even than this is my ambition,
Sir, to serve you: but the passions
Of Chrysanthus are so strong,
That my skill they overmaster.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The purple peafowl, wholly overmastered
By the red morning, droop with weary cries;
No stroke they make to slay that gliding snake
Who creeps for shelter underneath the eyes
Of their spread jewelries!
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold