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magisterial

[maj-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌmædʒ əˈstɪər i əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a master; authoritative; weighty; of importance or consequence:
a magisterial pronouncement by the director of the board.
2.
imperious; domineering:
a magisterial tone of command.
3.
of or befitting a magistrate or the office of a magistrate:
The judge spoke with magisterial gravity.
4.
of the rank of a magistrate:
magisterial standing.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Late Latin magisteriālis; see magisterium, -al1
Related forms
magisterially, adverb
magisterialness, noun
unmagisterial, adjective
Can be confused
magisterial, magistrate, majestic.
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  • Snipes sat erect, grasping a gavel and looking magisterial in his robes.
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British Dictionary definitions for magisterial

magisterial

/ˌmædʒɪˈstɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
commanding; authoritative
2.
domineering; dictatorial
3.
of or relating to a teacher or person of similar status
4.
of or relating to a magistrate
Derived Forms
magisterially, adverb
magisterialness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin magisteriālis, from magister master
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Word Origin and History for magisterial
adj.

1630s, from Medieval Latin magisterialis "of or pertaining to the office of magistrate, director, or teacher," from Late Latin magisterius "having authority of a magistrate," from magister "chief, director" (see master (n.)). Related: Magisterially.

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