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magisterial

[ maj-uh-steer-ee-uhl ]
/ ˌmædʒ əˈstɪər i əl /
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adjective
of, relating to, or befitting a master; of importance or consequence; authoritative; weighty: a magisterial pronouncement by the director of the board.
imperious; domineering: a magisterial tone of command.
of or befitting a magistrate or the office of a magistrate: The judge spoke with magisterial gravity.
of the rank of a magistrate: magisterial standing.
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Origin of magisterial

First recorded in 1625–35; from Late Latin magisteriālis “pertaining to a teacher or magistrate” (equivalent to Latin magister “magistrate, teacher, master” + -ālis ); see origin at master, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM magisterial

mag·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverbmag·is·te·ri·al·ness, nounun·mag·is·te·ri·al, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH magisterial

magisterial , magistrate, majestic
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British Dictionary definitions for magisterial

magisterial
/ (ˌmædʒɪˈstɪərɪəl) /

adjective
commanding; authoritative
domineering; dictatorial
of or relating to a teacher or person of similar status
of or relating to a magistrate

Derived forms of magisterial

magisterially, adverbmagisterialness, noun

Word Origin for magisterial

C17: from Late Latin magisteriālis, from magister master
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