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. [1913 Webster]

When magisterial duties from his home Her father called. --Glover. [1913 Webster]

We are not magisterial in opinions, nor, dictator-like, obtrude our notions on any man. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

Pretenses go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. (Alchem. & Old Chem.) Pertaining to, produced by, or of the nature of, magistery. See {Magistery}, 2. [1913 Webster]

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 insults 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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