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[maj-uh-steer-ee-uh m]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the authority and power of the church to teach religious truth.
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Origin of magisterium

1585–95; < Latin: magistery
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Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. the teaching authority or function of the Roman Catholic Church
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Word Origin

C19: see magistery
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