AskDefine | Define mastermind

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1 someone who creates new things [syn: originator, conceiver]
2 someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality; "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but he's no Einstein" [syn: genius, brain, Einstein] v : plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery" [syn: engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A person responsible for the highest level of planning and execution of a major operation.
    He is the suspected mastermind of a vast drug-smuggling ring.


  1. To act in the role of mastermind.
    He is suspected of masterminding a vast drug-smuggling ring.

Extensive Definition

Mastermind or Masterminds may refer to:
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In psychology:
  • Mastermind (Role Variant), one of the 16 role variants that the Keirsey Temperament Sorter is based on
  • INTJ (Mastermind), a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
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mastermind in Spanish: Mastermind (desambiguación)
mastermind in French: Mastermind (homonymie)
mastermind in Dutch: Mastermind (doorverwijspagina)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

academician, ace, architect, authority, be responsible for, bookman, brains, call the signals, captain, carry on, classicist, clerk, colossus of knowledge, command, conceive, conceiver, conduct, contriver, control, crackerjack, create, creator, design, develop, devise, direct, doctor, elder, elder statesman, engineer, first-rater, generate, genius, giant of learning, good hand, govern, great, great soul, guru, handle, head, head up, humanist, illuminate, intellect, intellectual, lead, lead on, learned clerk, learned man, literary man, litterateur, lover of learning, lover of wisdom, magician, mahatma, make the rules, man of genius, man of intellect, man of learning, man of letters, man of wisdom, manage, mandarin, maneuver, manipulate, master, master hand, mentor, mind, mine of information, officer, oracle, order, organize, past master, philologist, philologue, philomath, philosophe, philosopher, plan, planner, polyhistor, polymath, practiced hand, prescribe, prodigy, pull the strings, pundit, quarterback, rabbi, regulate, rishi, run, sage, sapient, savant, scholar, scholastic, schoolman, seer, skilled hand, skipper, star, starets, student, superstar, take command, take the lead, think up, thinker, topnotcher, virtuoso, walking encyclopedia, whiz, wise man, wise old man, wizard, work out, work up
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