Pat O'Banton wrote: Pat O'Banton wrote:
Masterly - in the manner of a master of a craft, art or task: skilled or accomplished
Masterful(ly) - in the manner of a owner of a slave (or indeed dog): overweening, arrogant, dictatorial, privileged
Or am I wrong? I keep thinking about this and I think I'm correct. Happy to be proven otherwise...
Sorry it took so long. Truth to tell, I can't be definitive on this, but I think that although masterly has the -ly ending, it is not necessarily an adverb, as 'master' is very rarely used adjectivally - I can only think of 'master craftsman' and similar phrases, whereas masterfully is clearly an adverb form from masterful as an adjective. The form of master that means someone who has mastered a skill lends to be 'adverbialized' (whoo, just made up a crap word) in adverbial phrases such as 'painted like a master' or 'in a masterly way. Also, I can't think off-hand of an example where 'masterly' is used to modify a verb (except in gerund form, as in masterly engineering, say, where it is again adjectival).
But I am prepared to be corrected.
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