mag·​is·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌma-jə-ˈstir-ē-əl How to pronounce magisterial (audio) \

Definition of magisterial

1a(1) : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a master or teacher : authoritative
(2) : marked by an overbearingly dignified or assured manner or aspect
b : of, relating to, or required for a master's degree
2 : of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's office or duties

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magisterially \ ˌma-​jə-​ˈstir-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce magisterial (audio) \ adverb

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dictatorial, magisterial, dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular mean imposing one's will or opinions on others. dictatorial stresses autocratic, high-handed methods and a domineering manner. exercised dictatorial control over the office magisterial stresses assumption or use of prerogatives appropriate to a magistrate or schoolmaster in forcing acceptance of one's opinions. the magisterial tone of his pronouncements dogmatic implies being unduly and offensively positive in laying down principles and expressing opinions. dogmatic about what is art and what is not doctrinaire implies a disposition to follow abstract theories in framing laws or policies affecting people. a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy oracular implies the manner of one who delivers opinions in cryptic phrases or with pompous dogmatism. a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion

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He spoke with a magisterial tone. a magisterial biography of Thomas Jefferson that has never been superseded
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First Known Use of magisterial

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for magisterial

Late Latin magisterialis of authority, from magisterium office of a master, from magister

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“Magisterial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of magisterial

formal : showing impressive knowledge about a subject
formal : having the confident quality of someone who expects to be obeyed by other people
: of or relating to a magistrate

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