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From Late Latin magisterialis, from Latin magisterium.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /madʒɪˈstɪəɹɪəl/


magisterial (comparative more magisterial, superlative most magisterial)

  1. Befitting the status or skill of a magister or master; authoritative, masterly.
  2. Of or pertaining to a master or magistrate, or one in authority.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 622:
      Instead a ‘magisterial’ Reformation was created: these were the Protestant movements led by the magistri, the theologically educated masters, and magistrates of all descriptions – kings, princes, city councils.
  3. Pertaining to, produced by, or of the nature of, magistery.