Definition of magisterial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌmædʒɪˈstɪəriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmædʒɪˈstɪriəl//
    (formal) Describing a story
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  1. 1(especially of a person or their behaviour) having or showing power or authority He talked with the magisterial authority of the head of the family.
  2. 2(of a book or piece of writing) showing great knowledge or understanding synonym authoritative his magisterial work ‘The Roman Wall in Scotland’ See related entries: Describing a story
  3. 3[only before noun] connected with a magistrate
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin magisterialis, from late Latin magisterius, from Latin magister ‘master’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: magisterial