magist-, master- +
(Latin: magister, chief, head, leader; from Latin magnus, "great")
2. Descriptive of an individual who behaves in an overbearing or dictatorial way: Sally didn't like her new teacher because she was very magisterial, pompous, and domineering.
3. Relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's official functions: There were many magisterial documents on the lawyer's desk.
4. Produced by or characteristic of a teacher, scholar, or expert: Mrs. Jones certainly was known for her magisterial methods of teaching because she had great skill and knowledge in her subject area.
5. Relating to or characteristic of a magistrate: The judge read the verdict in a magisterial voice and with gravity.
2. Pertaining to how a person has an overbearingly assured manner or aspect: The workers at the firm didn't like their supervisor who acted quite magisterially towards them because of his arrogant and bossy manner.
2. The district over which a magistrate has the power and authority to administer justice: Jack read in his book that a magistracy in an English town was concerned with the local crimes and offenses.
3. Magistrates considered as a group: A magistracy does not exist in the U.S., but in Australia and in the United Kingdom where there are large courts and many judges who decide on many serious criminal cases.
2. A judge in a lower court whose jurisdiction is limited to the trial of misdemeanors and the conduct of preliminary hearings on more serious charges: A magistrate has the job of carrying out the laws, but a magistrate normally does not make the final rulings on murder cases.
3. A minor law officer or member of a local judiciary with extremely limited powers: A magistrate can be a justice of the peace having administrative and limited judicial authority or who deals with traffic violations.
2, The murder of of a civil officer: A magistricide was committed in a school involving the death of an important teacher in the U.S.
2. The owner, or keeper, of an animal; in the past, the owner of a slave or slaves: Tom, the master of his dog, taught it to sit on his command.
3. Anyone who has control over, or ownership, of something: The master of a big cotton plantation kept many slaves to do the work before the Civil War took place.
4. The captain of a merchant ship; a "master mariner": Jim was the master of the large cargo ship heading for a foreign country.
5. The man who serves as the head of a household: It used to be that that the husband of a family living in a house was called the master!
6. Someone who defeats another; a victo: After winning many games at chess, Mr. Big was described as being the master at chess!
7. A male teacher or tutor In early America, it used to be that a schoolteacher was called a master, like a schoolmaster or schoolmistress.
8. An artist or performer of great and exemplary skill: Finally the concertmaster and the conductor came on to the stage and the whole audience clapped loudly before the concert began.
9. A worker qualified to teach apprentices and carry on a skill, or craft, on their own: The cabinetmaker, or master of Jim, the trainee, could make wonderful chairs and tables.
10. An expert at something: There can be a master of three languages.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could be called a master of crime fiction.
11. The first form of something used for making an imitation or for copying: An example of a master can be an original document or audio recording from which copies can be made.
12. Etymology: from Old English mægester, "someone having control or authority"; from Latin magister, "chief, head, director, teacher"; influenced in Middle English by Old French maistre; from Latin magister, from magis, "more", from magnus, "great".
2. Pertaining to a demonstration of exceptional skill or ability: The English teacher was quite masterful in that even the slowest students were quite motivated and learned all of the vocabulary words in a fun way.
3. Descriptive of an ability or tendency to lead others: The masterful conducting of the chamber orchestra brought out the very best in the pieces by J.S. Bach.
4. Referring to someone who commands and dominates others: There was one teacher at school that all the students detested, and that was Mr. Book, who was very masterful in that he was always very authoritative and arrogant.
2. Concerning how something is accomplished in a skilful manner: Sharon was an excellent translator and did her job masterfully.
Janet surprised the audience when she played the Bach Sonatas masterfully.
2. Ungoverned or ungovernable: The mustang turned out to be completely masterless and was not trainable at all.
2. Pertaining to someone who is domineering; imperious: Jane's aunt was known to be quite masterly and bossy because she was always telling her children what they had to do and what they mustn't do at all.