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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The findings of the misconduct probe, which was launched in secret early last year, comes after eight of the jurists lost re-election bids or declined to run for office again. Washington Post, "Commission: 11 Texas judges broke law by denying free bail," 30 Aug. 2019 The records show the veteran jurist had 187 cases pending on his docket at July’s end, far more than any other judge in the building and nearly double the average caseload of his fellow judges. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "One Cuyahoga County judge’s contribution to jail crowding: 13 inmates awaiting trial for more than 400 days," 19 Aug. 2019 Among those who determined that: federal Judge Timothy Black, who might be the most liberal jurist in Southwest Ohio. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Tracie Hunter has no one to blame but herself for ending up in jail," 23 July 2019 Lawmakers have asked a panel of jurists to issue a recommendation on possible impeachment. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Puerto Ricans in Protests Say They’ve Had Enough," 18 July 2019 Even a not-so-conservative jurist might worry that reparations compensate people who do not deserve or need it, while excluding others who do. Charles Lane, Twin Cities, "Charles Lane: Would reparations for slavery be constitutional?," 14 Aug. 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 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 Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men collects sixteen tales by Édouard Laboulaye, a French law professor and jurist of the Second Empire, and an activist for abolition and women’s rights. James Guida, The New York Review of Books, "James Guida," 6 Apr. 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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