magisterial

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adjective mag·is·te·ri·al \ˌma-jə-ˈstir-ē-əl\

Definition of magisterial

  1. 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 aspectb :  of, relating to, or required for a master's degree

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's office or duties

magisterially

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Examples of magisterial in a sentence

  1. He spoke with a magisterial tone.

  2. a magisterial biography of Thomas Jefferson that has never been superseded

Origin and Etymology of magisterial

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


First Known Use: 1632

Synonym Discussion of magisterial

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.

MAGISTERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

magisterial

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adjective mag·is·te·ri·al \ˌma-jə-ˈstir-ē-əl\

Definition of magisterial for English Language Learners

  • : showing impressive knowledge about a subject

  • : having the confident quality of someone who expects to be obeyed by other people

  • : of or relating to a magistrate



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