Definition of magisterium in English:


Line breaks: magis|ter¦ium
Pronunciation: /ˌmadʒɪˈstɪərɪəm


[mass noun]
The teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church, especially as exercised by bishops or the Pope.
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  • Who are you to set yourself up as an individual in opposition to the pope and the authentic magisterium?
  • Curran ought to restrict use of the term ‘teaching’ to the formal exercise of the ecclesiastical magisterium.
  • The mandate requires the professor to ‘teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the church's magisterium.’


mid 19th century: Latin, 'the office of master', from magister (see magister).

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