- of, relating to, or befitting a master; authoritative; weighty; of importance or consequence: 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.
Origin of magisterial
Examples from the Web for magisterial
Called “The Sword and Sovereignty,” it is a magisterial work running to more than 2,000 pages.‘A Ghastly Waste of Time?’ Considering the Constitution
January 15, 2013
He lacks the magisterial tone of Colm Tóibín or the florid and fertile imagination of Patrick McCabe.Great Irish Adventures
June 9, 2010
A magisterial study it was, which not one of our "young masters" could paint.His Masterpiece
Such was the man entrusted with more than magisterial power.
I have had the magisterial account already, and now wish to have yours.Dulcibel
"Then I am more learned than they are," said l'Encuerado, with a magisterial air.Adventures of a Young Naturalist
It was in this magisterial attitude that he began the examination.Notre-Dame de Paris
- commanding; authoritative
- domineering; dictatorial
- of or relating to a teacher or person of similar status
- of or relating to a magistrate
Word Origin and History for magisterial
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.