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Definition authoritative
in various senses, including:
  • appearance or behavior that fits an important person — as in "She has a magisterial manner."
  • of something written in a comprehensive manner by a respected authority — as in "a magisterial account of The Great Depression"
  • relating to a government authority (or specifically to a magistrate who can administer the law) — as in "It is within her magisterial district."
  • offensively self-assured or given to exercising unwarranted power — as in "managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way"
  • The reviewer described McCullough's biography of John Adams as magisterial.
magisterial = authoritative (comprehensive and from an expert)
  • managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way
  • with magisterial arrogance and self-assurance
  • she reigned in magisterial beauty
  • He feels right at home in Europe where, he says, gifted people aren't pigeonholed. America has experts, says Malkovich, but Europe can yield magisterial figures like the late Pier Paolo Pasolini, a political thinker, novelist and film director.
    James Graff  --  Time Magazine, Crossover Artist, 10/13/02  --,8599,364352,00.html (retrieved 04/16/08)
  • She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men's coveralls, but after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • magisterial = fitting for a person of importance
  • my manner grew austere and magisterial, hers became easy and self-possessed—an odd contradiction, doubtless, to the ordinary effect in such cases; but so it was.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • Throughout his magisterial career he was interested solely in cases capable of furnishing him with something in the nature of a drama.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  • Like Arya's mind, music ran through this one: deep amber-gold chords that throbbed with magisterial melancholy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • There was no magisterial district in all of South Africa where whites constituted a majority of residents.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Grower said magisterially to one of these in a fustian jacket, who smoked a short pipe and wore straps round his knees.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Massive California live oaks were underlit by landscape spots: magisterial, frost-and-black, free-form scaffoldings of branches.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • [Stephen sits down magisterially in the chair at the writing table with an air of affirming his majority].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • He wanted someone to share the blame, and frowned at Mrs. Moore rather magisterially.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • "Mary would not be happy without doing her duty," said Mrs. Garth, magisterially, conscious of having done her own.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But tell him, also, to set his fraternal and magisterial heart at ease: that I keep strictly within the limits of the law.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was in this magisterial attitude that he began the examination.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • [He sits down magisterially] I come about a very serious matter, Governor.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • His magisterial persona must come to an end in ashes.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Then, in his sonorous, magisterial voice, Glaedr said, This has gone on long enough...... Eragon, you should not spend so much time sparring.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance

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