Definition of magisterial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmajəˈstirēəl/


1Having or showing great authority: a magisterial pronouncement
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  • Possibly only Professor Peter Groenewegen, the author of a magisterial biography of the English economist Alfred Marshall, could surpass him in this.
  • William Randolph Hearst was, as the author of this magisterial study rightly says, a major force in American politics and journalism for half a century.
  • With its deep research, compelling subject, clear analysis, and magisterial yet accessible authorial voice, Black Prisoners and Their World will be a standard point of reference for years to come.
authoritative, masterful, assured, lordly, commanding, assertive
1.1Domineering; dictatorial: he dropped his somewhat magisterial style of questioning
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  • Roy Keane, perhaps, at his most magisterial, used to command the midfield and dictate traffic.
  • They are not claiming magisterial authority and bossing other people around.
  • In film after film, the director's misanthropy - the magisterial technique that reduced the actors in his films to stick figures carrying out his bidding - represented the triumph of the mechanical over the human.
2Relating to or conducted by a magistrate.
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  • Instead of being terminated, these pilot projects should be expanded to other magisterial districts.
  • ‘The board wants to give choices to our citizens,’ said Patricia O'Bannon, Tuckahoe magisterial district supervisor on the Henrico County board of supervisors.
  • Port Elizabeth Chief Magistrate Peter Rothman, who oversees 43 magisterial districts, including East London, said representations were being made to the justice department to address the shortfalls.
2.1(Of a person) holding the office of a magistrate.
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  • The two parties have each nominated a magisterial candidate but have agreed to cooperate.
  • Hogue shares some of the same goals as other magisterial candidates, citing more jobs and better roads as some primary needs in Casey County.



Pronunciation: /ˌmajəˈstirēəlē/
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  • Once a glory of craftsmanship, the mighty stones that were so magisterially laid out have been totally upset.
  • In variation 8, chorale texture predominates, though the ground is disrupted by a twelve-note row's magisterially extended cadence into C before it resumes its prescribed course.
  • Around 1650 he turned increasingly to flower painting, in which he established a sombre and magisterially controlled manner that was to dominate Dutch flower painting until the time of van Huysum.


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin magisterialis, from late Latin magisterius, from Latin magister 'master'.

Words that rhyme with magisterial

arterial, bacterial, cereal, criterial, ethereal, ferial, funereal, immaterial, imperial, managerial, material, ministerial, presbyterial, serial, sidereal, venereal, biomaterial

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Syllabification: mag·is·te·ri·al

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