jurist

noun

ju·​rist ˈju̇r-ist How to pronounce jurist (audio)
: one having a thorough knowledge of law
especially : judge

Examples of jurist in a Sentence

earned a reputation as one of the most learned jurists in the federal courts
Recent Examples on the Web At sentencing hearings in federal court, judges typically permit defendants an opportunity to speak before the jurist renders judgment. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2024 Left wing sites much less violent A Reuters examination of websites catering to the left revealed dozens of hostile comments attacking the competence and credibility of conservative jurists. Peter Eisler, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 The list offered a concrete sense of what sort of jurists Trump would elevate on the federal bench. The Editors, National Review, 14 May 2024 The decision could also have broader consequences for the Eighth Amendment, which some conservative jurists have been calling for. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2024 After the official announcement on Monday, the jurist overseeing the class-action case — U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers — quickly scheduled a mid-morning status conference. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 The jurist's face, which bears a resemblance to actor Willem Dafoe — but framed by Clark Kent-style glasses — is graffitied across buildings in Warsaw and printed on T-shirts worn by democracy activists, an icon of the fight for democracy in Poland. Rob Schmitz, NPR, 26 Feb. 2024 The then-businessman and television celebrity sought to allay their worries by pledging to appoint conservative jurists to the Supreme Court. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 Supporters of the proposal to do away with the presidential panel include jurists, former prime ministers and political parties that support Henry. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Jurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jurist. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

jurist

noun
ju·​rist ˈju̇(ə)r-əst How to pronounce jurist (audio)
: one (as a lawyer or judge) having a thorough knowledge of law

Legal Definition

jurist

noun
ju·​rist ˈju̇r-ist How to pronounce jurist (audio)
: 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
Etymology

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

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