magisterial[maj′is tir′ē əl]
- of or suitable for a magistrate or master
- showing or having the skill or knowledge of a master; expert
- authoritative; official
- domineering; pompous
Origin: ML magisterialis < LL magisterius < L magister, a master
- magisterially adverb
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- a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a master or teacher; authoritative: a magisterial account of the history of the English language.b. Sedately dignified in appearance or manner: “She would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty” (Harper Lee).
- Dogmatic; overbearing: expounded on official protocol in magisterial tones.
- Of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's official functions.
Origin: Late Latin magisteriālis, from magisterius, from Latin magister, master, teacher; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
- magˌis·teˈri·al·ly adverb