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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: magisterialis, from Latin magister; MAGISTRATE


Related topics: Law
1 a magisterial way of behaving or speaking shows that you think you have authority:
his magisterial voice
2 a magisterial book is written by someone who has very great knowledge about a subject:
his magisterial study of the First World War
3SCL [only before noun] connected with or done by a magistrate
magisterially adverb

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