mag·​is·​te·​ri·​um | \ ˌma-jə-ˈstir-ē-əm How to pronounce magisterium (audio) \

Definition of magisterium

: teaching authority especially of the Roman Catholic Church

Examples of magisterium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new rules say the bishops' final document becomes part of his official church teaching, or magisterium — but only if the pope approves it. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 There is no evangelical magisterium, dictating the terms of excommunication and apostasy. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Nashville Statement Signatories Want to Excommunicate Other Christians for the Sin of Accepting LGBTQ Folk," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of magisterium

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Magisterium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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