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a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a master or teacher; authoritative: a magisterial account of the history of the English language.
b. Sedately dignified in appearance or manner: "She would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty" (Harper Lee).
2. Dogmatic; overbearing: expounded on official protocol in magisterial tones.
3. Of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's official functions.
[Late Latin magisteriālis, from magisterius, from Latin magister, master, teacher; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]
1. commanding; authoritative
2. domineering; dictatorial
3. of or relating to a teacher or person of similar status
4. (Law) of or relating to a magistrate
[C17: from Late Latin magisteriālis, from magister master]
mag•is•te•ri•al(ˌmædʒ əˈstɪər i əl)
1. of, pertaining to, or befitting a master; authoritative.
2. imperious; domineering: a magisterial tone.
3. of, pertaining to, or befitting a magistrate or the office or rank of a magistrate.
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|Adj.||1.||magisterial - of or relating to a magistrate; "official magisterial functions"|
|2.||magisterial - 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"|
domineering - tending to domineer
|3.||magisterial - 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"|
dignified - having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"