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magisterial

adjective mag·is·te·ri·al \ˌma-jə-ˈstir-ē-əl\

: showing impressive knowledge about a subject

: having the confident quality of someone who expects to be obeyed by other people

: of or relating to a magistrate

Full Definition of MAGISTERIAL

1
a (1) :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a master or teacher :  authoritative (2) :  marked by an overbearingly dignified or assured manner or aspect
b :  of, relating to, or required for a master's degree
2
:  of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's office or duties
mag·is·te·ri·al·ly \-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of MAGISTERIAL

  1. He spoke with a magisterial tone.
  2. <a magisterial biography of Thomas Jefferson that has never been superseded>

Origin of MAGISTERIAL

Late Latin magisterialis of authority, from magisterium office of a master, from magister
First Known Use: 1632

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