- a person versed in the law, as a judge, lawyer, or scholar.
Origin of jurist
Examples from the Web for jurist
Posner is generally believed to be the most prolific and most-quoted legal academic and jurist of his generation.Federal Judge Rejects Demeanor Defense, Blasts Group Lineups in Appeals Ruling
June 12, 2012
The Asterisk Rule contradicts everything I believe in as a jurist.After Trayvon, Reminding My Black Sons To Be Careful
April 20, 2012
It's about time, argues former top U.N. jurist Geoffrey Robertson.The Case for Prosecuting Libya's Muammar Gaddafi
March 1, 2011
It also gives the clearest picture of the type of jurist Kagan may become.What Really Happened at Harvard
Samuel P. Jacobs
May 10, 2010
Daniel Webster, the celebrated American statesman, jurist, and orator.
He was well known as an astronomer, mathematician, and jurist.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
Schweigaard the first jurist in Norway, was speaking as we entered.Northern Travel
For Melius petere fontes, the jurist as well as the poet has it.
A man must be a jurist and a statesman to understand the Jesuits.
- a person versed in the science of law, esp Roman or civil law
- a writer on legal subjects
- a student or graduate of law
- (in the US) a lawyer
Word Origin and History for jurist
mid-15c., "one who practices law," from Middle French juriste (14c.), from Medieval Latin iurista "jurist," from Latin ius (genitive iuris) "law," from PIE *yewes- "law," originally a term of religious cult, perhaps meaning "sacred formula" (cf. Latin iurare "to pronounce a ritual formula," Vedic yos "health," Avestan yaoz-da- "make ritually pure," Irish huisse "just").
The Germanic root represented by Old English æ "custom, law," Old High German ewa, German Ehe "marriage," though sometimes associated with this group, seems rather to belong to PIE *ei- "to go." Meaning "a legal writer" is from 1620s.