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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mag·is·te·ri·al /ˌmæʤəˈstɪriəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mag·is·te·ri·al a.
 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 insults 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of or relating to a magistrate; "official magisterial
      2: 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" [syn: autocratic, bossy, dominating,
          high-and-mighty, peremptory]
      3: 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" [syn: distinguished, imposing]