ju·rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist \

Definition of jurist 

: one having a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge

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Examples of jurist in a Sentence

earned a reputation as one of the most learned jurists in the federal courts

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In May, however, Newsom made his mark as a conservative jurist in a case involving allegedly squalid conditions at the Brevard County, Fla., jail. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump packs influential Atlanta court with conservative judges," 6 July 2018 The school's relationship with the foundation has received increased scrutiny since 2016 when Mason renamed its law school for conservative jurist Antonin Scalia. Matthew Barakat, Fox News, "Documents show ties between university, conservative donors," 30 Apr. 2018 If confirmed, the 53-year-old jurist would make the high court solidly conservative. NBC News, "Trump taps federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 In the area of contraception, the two jurists have not been far apart. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Will Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deliver the change conservatives crave?," 10 July 2018 On June 5, the jurist who supervised the investigative grand jury, Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker, issued an 11-page decision that said the report should be made public. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Court seeks input on secrecy of sex abuse grand jury report," 2 July 2018 Editor: This year, the citizens of Harford County have the opportunity to retain the two most qualified individuals (and the only jurists) running for election for Judge of the Circuit Court for Harford County. The Aegis, "Retain sitting Judges Ishak and Kreis, former Harford Bar president writes [Letter]," 20 June 2018 Defense lawyers in March asked the jurist to recuse himself from the case of George Curry, who was sentenced to die in 2009 after he was convicted of killing a teen during a restaurant robbery. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Judge booted from death row case after racial comments," 22 May 2018 Maduro's trial will only be symbolic, as the jurists who are overseeing the case are not recognized by Venezuela's law enforcement institutions. Fox News, "Venezuela's congress pushes for graft trial against Maduro," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jurist

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jurist

Middle French juriste, from Medieval Latin jurista, from Latin jur-, jus

Middle French juriste, from Medieval Latin jurista, from Latin jur-, jus law

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The first known use of jurist was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of jurist

: a person who has a thorough knowledge of law


ju·rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist \

Legal Definition of jurist 

: an individual having a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge the state's top jurist violated the U.S. Constitution when he banned the filming National Law Journal

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