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magisterial

[maj-uh-steer-ee-uh l]
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  1. of, relating to, or befitting a master; authoritative; weighty; of importance or consequence: a magisterial pronouncement by the director of the board.
  2. imperious; domineering: a magisterial tone of command.
  3. of or befitting a magistrate or the office of a magistrate: The judge spoke with magisterial gravity.
  4. of the rank of a magistrate: magisterial standing.
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Origin of magisterial

1625–35; < Late Latin magisteriālis; see magisterium, -al1
Related formsmag·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverbmag·is·te·ri·al·ness, nounun·mag·is·te·ri·al, adjective
Can be confusedmagisterial magistrate majestic
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magisterial

adjective
  1. commanding; authoritative
  2. domineering; dictatorial
  3. of or relating to a teacher or person of similar status
  4. of or relating to a magistrate
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Derived Formsmagisterially, adverbmagisterialness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin magisteriālis, from magister master
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Word Origin and History for magisterial

adj.

1630s, from Medieval Latin magisterialis "of or pertaining to the office of magistrate, director, or teacher," from Late Latin magisterius "having authority of a magistrate," from magister "chief, director" (see master (n.)). Related: Magisterially.

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