ju·​rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist How to pronounce jurist (audio) \

Definition of jurist

: one having a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge

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Synonyms for jurist


adjudicator, beak [chiefly British], bench, court, judge, justice, magistrate

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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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Democratic lawmakers gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday morning, flanked by members of progressive groups, to declare their opposition to all of the potential candidates on Mr. Trump’s public list of 25 possible jurists. New York Times, "Political War Over Replacing Kennedy on Supreme Court Is Underway," 28 June 2018 Trump himself took the unusual step of publicly releasing a list of Supreme Court candidates, most of whom were traditional jurists that many Republicans believed would uphold conservative values. Washington Post, "Analysis: GOP’s long-term Supreme Court strategy pays off," 29 June 2018 In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 27 June 2018 Three other jurists were reported to be finalists for the position. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Brett Kavanaugh: Fast facts about Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 9 July 2018 So from the man as a person and from the jurist as a professional, he`s come off almost impeccable. Fox News, "Sean Spicer: Kavanaugh has a 'spotless record'," 20 Sep. 2018 Others oppose allowing specific jurists to fill the vacant seat. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Facebook Ads Offer Peek at Looming Supreme Court Fight," 3 July 2018 Democrats block his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, painting him as an ideological warrior rather than impartial jurist. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Supreme Court Won’t Stop Executive Overreach," 11 July 2018 Gorsuch, befitting a jurist with a sense of personal dignity, denounced some of Trump’s excesses in this regard. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s habit of dissembling makes it hard to take his word over Ford’s," 24 Sep. 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

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English Language Learners Definition of jurist

: a person who has a thorough knowledge of law


ju·​rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist How to pronounce jurist (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for jurist

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

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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