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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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British Dictionary definitions for magisterialness

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 magisterialness

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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