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Doesn't it seem interesting that this entry considers the antonym of mistress to be the male counterpart? I think the opposite of someone who is a master would be someone who is submissive. Male and female are not opposites, but rather subsets of a species. —This unsigned comment was added by 67.186.34.233 (talk).

Missing definitionEdit

There's an adjectival sense missing here, one that matches the following quote:

    • 1816: Jane Austen, Emma, Volume 1 Chapter 9
      She cast her eye over it, pondered, caught the meaning, read it through again to be quite certain, and quite mistress of the lines, and then passing it to Harriet, sat happily smiling, and saying to herself, while Harriet was puzzling over the paper in all the confusion of hope and dulness, —This comment was unsigned.
Consider the following parallel construction using "quite", from Charles Dickens' w:Martin Chuzzlewit (1843):
  • "And of course we shall be quite friends in future....".
I'm sure you would agree that "friends" is not an adjective. My sense of current grammar would not allow me to say or write either of these sentences, but apparently it was acceptable in the 19th century. DCDuring TALK 03:08, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
It's still current in negative constructions: "We are not quite friends"; "I'm not quite myself today". Equinox 09:47, 27 December 2010 (UTC)