magistracy

noun

mag·​is·​tra·​cy ˈma-jə-strə-sē How to pronounce magistracy (audio)
plural magistracies
1
: the state of being a magistrate
2
: the office, power, or dignity of a magistrate
3
: a body of magistrates
4
: the district under a magistrate

Examples of magistracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was lots of solemn business in the Senate about giving him the powers of various historic magistracies. Christopher Tayler, Harper's Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of magistracy was in 1577

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“Magistracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magistracy. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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magistracy

noun
mag·​is·​tra·​cy ˈmaj-ə-strə-sē How to pronounce magistracy (audio)
plural magistracies
1
: the state of being a magistrate
2
: the office, power, or dignity of a magistrate
3
: a body of magistrates

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