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jurist

[joo r-ist] /ˈdʒʊər ɪst/
noun
1.
a person versed in the law, as a judge, lawyer, or scholar.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < French juriste < Medieval Latin jūrist(a). See jus, -ist
Can be confused
jurist, juror.
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  • jurists are disagreed regarding which one of the two should be sovereign.
British Dictionary definitions for jurists

jurist

/ˈdʒʊərɪst/
noun
1.
a person versed in the science of law, esp Roman or civil law
2.
a writer on legal subjects
3.
a student or graduate of law
4.
(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 jurists

jurist

n.

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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