(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. rule, victory; ascendency, supremacy; skill. See authority.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Control]
Syn. dominance, sovereignty, government, hegemony; see command 2 , power 2 .
2. [Ability to use to the full]
Syn. power, influence, force, backing, skill, cunning, adroitness, capacity, knowledge, expertness, proficiency, genius, adeptness; see also ability 2 , education 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. control command, rule, domination, authority, power, sway, upper hand, influence.
2. expertise proficiency, command, skill, prowess, knowledge, ability, facility, virtuosity.
ANT.: 1. submission, subservience. 2. ineptness, ignorance
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Natural or acquired facility in a specific activity: ability, adeptness, art, command, craft, expertise, expertness, knack, proficiency, skill, technique. Informal: know-how. See ABILITY, KNOWLEDGE. 2. The right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge: authority, command, control, domination, dominion, jurisdiction, might, power, prerogative, sovereignty, sway. Informal: say-so. See OVER. 3. The act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled: command, control, dominance, domination, dominion, reign, rule, sway. See OVER.

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