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magistrate

[maj-uh-streyt, -strit] /ˈmædʒ əˌstreɪt, -strɪt/
noun
1.
a civil officer charged with the administration of the law.
2.
a minor judicial officer, as a justice of the peace or the judge of a police court, having jurisdiction to try minor criminal cases and to conduct preliminary examinations of persons charged with serious crimes.
Origin of magistrate
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English magistrat < Latin magistrātus magistracy, magistrate, equivalent to magist(e)r master + -ātus -ate3
Related forms
magistrateship, noun
Can be confused
magisterial, magistrate, majestic.
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  • "It was a private meeting in a sense," insisted the magistrate.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • At last, however, a magistrate was found and a private investigation of his case granted.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • But I don't know where the magistrate lives; do you, Jean Ficelle?

  • At this very moment the soldiers, preceded by a magistrate, entered the room.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • The magistrate arrested three peasants at Pestrovo yesterday.

British Dictionary definitions for magistrate

magistrate

/ˈmædʒɪˌstreɪt; -strɪt/
noun
1.
a public officer concerned with the administration of law related adjective magisterial
2.
another name for justice of the peace
3.
(NZ) the former name for district court judge
Derived Forms
magistrateship, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin magistrātus, from magister master
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Word Origin and History for magistrate
n.

late 14c., "civil officer in charge of administering laws," from Old French magistrat, from Latin magistratus "a magistrate, public functionary," originally "magisterial rank or office," from magistrare "serve as a magistrate," from magister "chief, director" (see master). Related: Magistracy.

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magistrate in the Bible

a public civil officer invested with authority. The Hebrew shophetim, or judges, were magistrates having authority in the land (Deut. 1:16, 17). In Judg. 18:7 the word "magistrate" (A.V.) is rendered in the Revised Version "possessing authority", i.e., having power to do them harm by invasion. In the time of Ezra (9:2) and Nehemiah (2:16; 4:14; 13:11) the Jewish magistrates were called _seganim_, properly meaning "nobles." In the New Testament the Greek word _archon_, rendered "magistrate" (Luke 12:58; Titus 3:1), means one first in power, and hence a prince, as in Matt. 20:25, 1 Cor. 2:6, 8. This term is used of the Messiah, "Prince of the kings of the earth" (Rev. 1:5). In Acts 16:20, 22, 35, 36, 38, the Greek term _strategos_, rendered "magistrate," properly signifies the leader of an army, a general, one having military authority. The _strategoi_ were the duumviri, the two praetors appointed to preside over the administration of justice in the colonies of the Romans. They were attended by the sergeants (properly lictors or "rod bearers").

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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