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magisterial


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Magisterial  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  magisterial 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  a  magistrate;  "official  magisterial 
  functions" 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {autocratic},  {bossy},  {dominating}, 
  {high-and-mighty},  {peremptory}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {distinguished},  {imposing}] 




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