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[adj] 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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] of or relating to a magistrate; "official magisterial functions"


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\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. When magisterial duties from his home Her father called. --Glover. We are not magisterial in opinions, nor, dictator-like, obtrude our notions on any man. --Sir T. Browne. Pretenses go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment. --L'Estrange.
2. (Alchem. & Old Chem.) Pertaining to, produced by, or of the nature of, magistery. See {Magistery},
2. 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 in sults 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.

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