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.
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,
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]