ju·​rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist \

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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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 Republicans will present Kavanaugh to the nation as an experienced, independent-minded jurist with a sparkling résumé, and as an advocate and mentor for women in the judiciary. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The Seattle Times, "An Advocate for Women or a Threat? As Hearings Begin, Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge," 4 Sep. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected jurists in the country, with 12 years and hundreds of opinions on the nation’s pre-eminent court of appeals. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Kavanaugh: An Easy Vote," 4 Oct. 2018 Republicans say the often-volatile president has been surprisingly on-message during his campaign events, touting the strong economy and doubling down on the Kavanaugh fight to promote his efforts to fill courts with conservative jurists. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave," 23 Oct. 2018 The ploy is a simple war of attrition: The U.S. has whittled the court down to four members by withholding the consensus to replace jurists when their four-year terms expire. Greg Rushford, WSJ, "Trump’s War on the WTO," 4 July 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 \

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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a servile follower or underling

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