- an expert in law, especially ancient law.
Origin of legist
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Where human statute is beginning to prize the general weal, the legist is of high account, and the priest paramount.
It was a requirement of prudence and safety which commends itself to every logician and legist.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
Then as an administrator he reformed the government, as a legist he reissued and revised the laws.Constantinople
William Holden Hutton
But this was the end of the poetic reputation of Chapelain, “the legist of Parnassus”.
Covarruvias, a Spanish legist, already quoted, agrees with Arnault Ferton.Cock Lane and Common-Sense
- a person versed in the law
C15: from Medieval Latin lēgista, from lēx law
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