• WordNet 3.6
    • adj magisterial used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person "his distinguished bearing","the monarch's imposing presence","she reigned in magisterial beauty"
    • adj magisterial offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power "an autocratic person","autocratic behavior","a bossy way of ordering others around","a rather aggressive and dominating character","managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way","a swaggering peremptory manner"
    • adj magisterial of or relating to a magistrate "official magisterial functions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Magisterial Of or pertaining to a master or magistrate, or one in authority; having the manner of a magister; official; commanding; authoritative. Hence: Overbearing; dictatorial; dogmatic. "When magisterial duties from his home
      Her father called."
      "We are not magisterial in opinions, nor, dictator-like, obtrude our notions on any man.""Pretenses go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment."
    • Magisterial (Alchem. & Old Chem) Pertaining to, produced by, or of the nature of, magistery. See Magistery, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • magisterial Of or pertaining to a master; such as befits a master; authoritative; hence, lofty; arrogant; imperious; domineering.
    • magisterial Of or belonging to a magistrate or his office; of the rank of a magistrate.
    • magisterial In chem., pertaining to magistery.
    • magisterial Synonyms Authoritative, Magisterial, Dogmatic, Arrogant, Domineering, Imperious, Dictatorial, Peremptory, official, grand, haughty, lordly, oracular. Authoritative is rarely used in a bad sense. Magisterial, in the sense of having the manner of a master or magistrate, generally indicates the overdoing of that manner: as, magisterial pomp and gravity. Dogmatic reaches somewhat more deeply into the character; the dogmatic man insists strenuously upon the correctness of his own opinions, and, being unable to see how others can fail to believe with him, dictatorially presses upon them his opinions as true without argument, while he tends also to blame and overbear those who venture to express dissent. (See confident.) Arrogant implies the assumption of more than due authority from an overestimate of one's importance. (See arrogance.) Domineering, imperious, and dictatorial apply to the assertion of one's own will over those of others in the attempt to rule. Domineering suggests unfitness or lack of authority to rule, with an insulting, hectoring, or bullying manner. Imperious contains most of the real power of the will, suggesting a lofty or lordly determination to be obeyed. Dictatorial implies, on the one hand, a disposition to rule, and, on the other, a sharp insistence upon having one's orders accepted or carried out. Peremptory shuts off discussion: a peremptory command or denial is one that must be obeyed or accepted to the letter and without debate; it is positive, absolute, and often immediate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Magisterial maj-is-tē′ri-al pertaining or suitable to a master: in the manner of a master: of the rank of a magistrate: authoritative: proud: dignified
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. magisterius, magisterial. See Master
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. magisteriusmagister, a master—mag, root of L. magnus, great.


In literature:

As for practicing what is so magisterially set forth, that is the last thing thought of.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
The two captains found Mr Ludlow seated in magisterial state, with the prisoners before him, making out their committal for trial.
"Washed Ashore" by W.H.G. Kingston
To one acquainted with his magisterial orderliness of mind and habit, these signs were eloquent.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
With magisterial authority, and with majestic skill, he presents the movements of races and peoples.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
He waves his hand magisterially.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Dr. Ross's magisterial aspect relaxed a little; his good heart, yearning only for his child's happiness, began to relent.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The "Knight of Malta" is a grand magisterial figure, majestic, yet full of ardent warmth lying behind the grave, indifferent nobility.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Draymen and porters fill the city chair, And foot-boys magisterial purple wear.
"The True-Born Englishman" by Daniel Defoe
After magisterial investigation, the cope was restored to Pienza.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
He put on his most magisterial manner as he spoke to her.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant

In news:

There's no doubt that Germany looked magisterial against Argentina.
Mullen Staff Photographer Bertrand Schroeder waits before a hearing at the office of Magisterial District Judge Bonnie L Carney in Hawley on Monday.
It is unfortunate for University of Texas historian Brands ( Andrew Jackson ) that his serviceable biography of Franklin Roosevelt comes on the heels of Jean Smith's magisterial Francis Parkman Prize winner, FDR (2007).
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald Sandusky sits in a car as he leaves the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A Dutchcot in State College, Pa.
A magisterial biography, 'Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power,' reexamines the media baron's life.
Searfoss (left) at his arraignment in June at Magisterial District Judge Patricia Zaffarano's office in Ambler.
Workshop set for magisterial reapportionment.
Workshop set for magisterial reapportionment .
The following hearings took place Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.
Supervisors notified homeowners to connect to the central sewer system, Magisterial District Judge Sean J Mc-Graw fined several who still have not done so.
Middleburg resident Bernadette "Bernie" Schwalm has announced her candidacy for Magisterial District Judge in Snyder County District Court 17-3-04, according to a release issued by the candidate.
He wrote in a flawless and magisterial manner on subjects from Darwin to Marx, Wagner, Berlioz, English prose, detective fiction and intellectual life.
The actress Ellen Terry, whom George Bernard Shaw loved from afar and wrote to compulsively, had a captivating walk-on role in Michael Holroyd's magisterial biography of Shaw.
Lebanon County's top judge suspended two constables charged last week for getting into an altercation in the office of a pair of magisterial district judges.
WISTERIA MAGISTERIAL The precise age of the quartet of vines winding up the facades of Nos 13, 15, and 17 West Ninth is unclear, although one resident dates hers to 1961.

In science:

Volume I contains a precise magisterial summary by Renn and Sauer of the metaprocesses that steered Einstein to his conclusion.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
The global structure and cohomology theory of p-adic analytic groups were elucidated by Michel Lazard in a magisterial paper [L], published in 1965.
Some aspects of profinite group theory