noun, plural mag·is·tra·cies.
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The prizes of the army, of the church, of the magistracy, could only be secured through her good-will.Fragonard|Haldane Macfall
But on this particular morning peremptory business connected with the magistracy called the rector away.Felix Holt, The Radical|George Eliot
To the Lieutenants of each county he deputed the right of nominating the magistracy and officers of militia.
The Magistracy has till now only made a minute of the proceedings and will now hold a session to arrive at a decision.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
Hence three orders of functions: administration, deputation, and the magistracy, with which latter is connected the bar.Elements of Morals|Paul Janet