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[joo r-ist] /ˈdʒʊər ɪst/
a person versed in the law, as a judge, lawyer, or scholar.
Origin of jurist
1475-85; < French juriste < Medieval Latin jūrist(a). See jus, -ist
Can be confused
jurist, juror. Unabridged
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  • Coming from a jurist of such distinction, this was a disappointing answer.
  • He is both a diligent and knowledgeable jurist who has the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
  • He distinguished himself as a jurist and public servant throughout his career.
  • He is widely respected by his colleagues as an exceptional jurist with a strong commitment to a fair and efficient court process.
  • She has proven herself to be a dedicated and intelligent jurist, as well as an outstanding and experienced lawyer.
British Dictionary definitions for jurist


a person versed in the science of law, esp Roman or civil law
a writer on legal subjects
a student or graduate of law
(in the US) a lawyer
Word Origin
C15: from French juriste, from Medieval Latin jūrista; see jus
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Word Origin and History for jurist

mid-15c., "one who practices law," from Middle French juriste (14c.), from Medieval Latin iurista "jurist," from Latin ius (genitive iuris) "law," from PIE *yewes- "law," originally a term of religious cult, perhaps meaning "sacred formula" (cf. Latin iurare "to pronounce a ritual formula," Vedic yos "health," Avestan yaoz-da- "make ritually pure," Irish huisse "just").

The Germanic root represented by Old English æ "custom, law," Old High German ewa, German Ehe "marriage," though sometimes associated with this group, seems rather to belong to PIE *ei- "to go." Meaning "a legal writer" is from 1620s.

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