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[ maj-uh-steer-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌmædʒ əˈstɪər i əm /

noun Roman Catholic Church.

the authority and power of the church to teach religious truth.

Nearby words

magilp, magindanao, maginot, maginot line, magisterial, magisterium, magistery, magistracy, magistral, magistral line, magistrate

Origin of magisterium

1585–95; < Latin: magistery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for magisterium

  • It is really against it that the magisterium of the Church is exercised.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays|Bertram Coghill Alan Windle

British Dictionary definitions for magisterium


/ (ˌmædʒɪˈstɪərɪəm) /


the teaching authority or function of the Roman Catholic Church

Word Origin for magisterium

C19: see magistery
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