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

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

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But in 1980, writing for the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, eminent jurist Judge Irving R. Kaufman overturned that decision in favor of the Filártigas. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Joel Filártiga, 86, won human rights ruling in son’s death," 25 July 2019 Last year, during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Mayer published a critical profile on the longtime District of Columbia jurist. Fox News, "Watters: Al Franken New Yorker story a 'puff piece' by 'advocate for Democrats'," 24 July 2019 The 50 cases have been distributed among those four jurists, but none have landed on Lamberth’s docket — yet. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Alleged ‘copyright troll’ claims unnamed San Antonians are stealing porn movies," 18 July 2019 More news Today’s comics Today’s obituaries Today in history AROUND THE WORLD: On June 27, 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. oregonlive.com, "How not to be a jerk at Portland’s 2019 World Naked Bike Ride: Morning Briefing for Thursday, June 27," 27 June 2019 America is now in a position in which its leading jurists really cannot give a candid and credible account of how the courts do their work. Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 But the two most conservative jurists on the court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, rounded out the majority. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court sinks a Republican gerrymander in Virginia," 18 June 2019 Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows him to be a jurist who adheres to his principles and can influence his future colleagues on the bench. J.d. Vance, WSJ, "The Case for Brett Kavanaugh," 2 July 2018 Corey is a superb attorney, and will be an equally superb jurist! Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Corey Maze confirmed as federal judge for Alabama," 12 June 2019

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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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