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magisterial (maj-uh-STEER-ee-uhl) adjective
1. Having the characteristics of a master or teacher; authoritative.
[From Late Latin magisterialis (of authority), from magisterium, from Latin magister (master), ultimately from Indo-European root meg- (great) that's also the source of words such as magnificent, maharajah, mahatma, master, mistress, maestro, maximum, and magnify.]
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.
"'Divination is a very woolly discipline', sniffs Hermione, ever ready
with a magisterial put-down."
"Jaap Stam looked magisterial in the Dutch defense."
This week's theme: Words to describe people
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
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