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MAGISTERIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does magisterial mean? 

MAGISTERIAL (adjective)
  The adjective MAGISTERIAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to a magistrate
2. offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
3. used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person

  Familiarity information: MAGISTERIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MAGISTERIAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to a magistrate

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

official magisterial functions

Pertainym:

magistrate (a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice)


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Meaning:

Offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

Synonyms:

peremptory; high-and-mighty; bossy; autocratic; magisterial; dominating

Context examples:

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

Similar:

domineering (tending to domineer)


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Meaning:

Used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person

Synonyms:

distinguished; imposing; magisterial; grand

Context examples:

his distinguished bearing / the monarch's imposing presence / she reigned in magisterial beauty

Similar:

dignified (having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance)


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