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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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 Mary McCormack, sister of Michigan's top jurist, who portrayed Bartlet's deputy national security adviser, Kate Harper, for three seasons. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'West Wing' cast reunites for video backing Michigan Supreme Court justice's 2020 campaign," 23 Oct. 2020 The disgraced jurist, who is White, walked out of the courtroom after Thursday's hearing surrounded by bailiffs. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Jeff Perilloux, disgraced judge, jailed pending sentencing for fondling his daughters' friends," 15 Oct. 2020 In prepared opening remarks released Sunday by the White House, Barrett cast herself as a jurist committed to avoiding policy making, and one who would keep personal views out of her rulings. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "Barrett’s View of Tossing Supreme Court Precedent Alarms Critics," 12 Oct. 2020 Many Democrats have already expressed their opposition to Barrett's confirmation, in large part because of her record as a conservative jurist. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Amy Coney Barrett meets with GOP senators ahead of confirmation hearings," 29 Sep. 2020 The diminutive jurist, who developed an outsized personality thanks to her wit and deep well of wisdom, was also mourned by millions after her death last Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Pandora to Re-Air 'A Love Supreme: Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Opera'," 25 Sep. 2020 The great jurist’s passing, if not entirely unexpected, has hit our politics like a thunderbolt. Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Let's pause to appreciate Ginsburg before we fight over her replacement," 21 Sep. 2020 In fairness, there is no reason to think Barrett isn’t a collegial person or an intelligent jurist. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Amy Coney Barrett Hearings Are a Gut Check for Democrats," 12 Oct. 2020 Progressives know that Amy Coney Barrett is a jurist who takes the law and constitution seriously. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Amy Coney Barrett and the Ivies," 12 Oct. 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

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“Jurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jurist. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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