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Meaning of MAGISTERIAL

Pronunciation:  `maji'steereeul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  of or relating to a magistrate; "official magisterial functions"
 

MAGISTERIAL is a 11 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: autocratic, bossy, dignified, distinguished, dominating, domineering, high-and-mighty, imposing, peremptory
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mag`is*te"ri*al\, a. [L. magisterius magisterial.
See {Master}.]
1. 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.                               --Glover.

         We are not magisterial in opinions, nor,
         dictator-like, obtrude our notions on any man. --Sir
                                               T. Browne.

         Pretenses go a great way with men that take fair
         words and magisterial looks for current payment.
                                               --L'Estrange.

2. (Alchem. & Old Chem.) Pertaining to, produced by, or of
   the nature of, magistery. See {Magistery}, 2.

Syn: Authoritative; stately; august; pompous; dignified;
     lofty; commanding; imperious; lordly; proud; haughty;
     domineering; despotic; dogmatical; arrogant.

Usage: {Magisterial}, {Dogmatical}, {Arrogant}. One who is
       magisterial assumes the air of a master toward his
       pupils; one who is dogmatical lays down his positions
       in a tone of authority or dictation; one who is
       arrogant in sults others by an undue assumption of
       superiority. Those who have long been teachers
       sometimes acquire, unconsciously, a manner which
       borders too much on the magisterial, and may be
       unjustly construed as dogmatical, or even arrogant.

 
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