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magisterial (adj) (of a person or their behavior) showing power or authority; (of a book or a piece of writing) showing the author's great knowledge or understanding of the subject; connected with magistrates.

A magisterial person behaves like a person with power and authority. A magisterial voice is the voice of a person who thinks they have power and authority. Magisterial behavior is the way a powerful person behaves. A magisterial book shows that the author has a very good knowledge and understanding of the subject. 'This is a magisterial work on World War I.' This means that the author of the book has written the book with a very good knowledge of the war. It reveals the author's thorough knowledge of the war. Anything connected with a magistrate is magisterial. 'The magisterial orders for his arrest were carried out immediately.' This means that the orders of the magistrate for the arrest of the person were carried out immediately.

  • The father's tone was very magisterial when he said his daughter should not marry the young man of her choice. The power and authority that his voice conveyed was very clear to everyone in the family.
  • Though it is a thesis submitted for obtaining a Ph.D., it is a magisterial work on the American intervention in Vietnam. All the details and information in the book are unchallengeable and shows the author's thorough and accurate knowledge of the subject.
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