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magistrate
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a judge or judicial official
The exact meaning of magistrate varies widely depending upon the context. For example:
  • in the U.S. federal court:  assists district court judges by handling minor offenses or administrative tasks such as preliminary hearings (often referred to as a magistrate judge rather than just a magistrate)
  • in some U.S. states:  a judge in the state court
  • in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and other civil law countries:  a sitting magistrate is a judge and a standing magistrate is a prosecutor
  • in England:  may be a volunteer without formal legal training who performs a judicial role with regard to minor matters
  • in ancient Rome:  a powerful officer with both judicial and executive power
  • In the beginning of dinner, the party being small and the room still, these motes from the mass of a magistrate's mind fell too noticeably.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (8% in)
  • What feeling he, as a magistrate who had taken in so many ideas, could make room for, was unmixedly kind.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (29% in)
  • I am a good deal occupied as a magistrate, and in the collection of documentary evidence, but I regard my time as being at the disposal of the public—and, in short, my friends have convinced me that a chaplain with a salary—a salary, you know—is a very good thing, and I am happy to be able to come here and vote for the appointment of Mr. Tyke, who, I understand, is an unexceptionable man, apostolic and eloquent and everything of that kind—and I am the last man to withhold my...
    Book 2 — Old and Young (62% in)
  • "You see," said the able magistrate to Lydgate, when they were outside the door, "Casaubon has been a little narrow: it leaves him rather at a loss when you forbid him his particular work, which I believe is something very deep indeed—in the line of research, you know.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (65% in)
  • "I'll swear to every one of you before the magistrate.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (22% in)
  • It must be either publicly by setting the magistrate and coroner to work, or privately by questioning Lydgate.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (0% in)
  • "As to poachers like Trapping Bass, you know, Chettam," he continued, as they were entering, "when you are a magistrate, you'll not find it so easy to commit.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (84% in)

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