Definitions for: Judge


[n] an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
[n] a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice
[v] form an opinion of or pass judgment on
[v] determine the result of, as of a competition
[v] form an opinion about; judge tentatively; form an estimate of, as of quantities or time; "I estimate this chicken to weigh at three pounds"
[v] pronounce judgment on; "They labeled him unfit to work here"
[v] put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"



Webster (1913) Definition: Judge, n. [OE. juge, OF. & F. juge, fr. OF. jugier, F.
juger, to judge. See Judge, v. i.]
1. (Law) A public officer who is invested with authority to
hear and determine litigated causes, and to administer
justice between parties in courts held for that purpose.

The parts of a judge in hearing are four: to direct
the evidence; to moderate length, repetition, or
impertinency of speech; to recapitulate, select, and
collate the material points of that which hath been
said; and to give the rule or sentence. --Bacon.

2. One who has skill, knowledge, or experience, sufficient to
decide on the merits of a question, or on the quality or
value of anything; one who discerns properties or
relations with skill and readiness; a connoisseur; an
expert; a critic.

A man who is no judge of law may be a good judge of
poetry, or eloquence, or of the merits of a
painting. --Dryden.

3. A person appointed to decide in a?trial of skill, speed,
etc., between two or more parties; an umpire; as, a judge
in a horse race.

4. (Jewish Hist.) One of supreme magistrates, with both civil
and military powers, who governed Israel for more than
four hundred years.

5. pl. The title of the seventh book of the Old Testament;
the Book of Judges.

Judge Advocate (Mil. & Nav.), a person appointed to act as
prosecutor at a court-martial; he acts as the
representative of the government, as the responsible
adviser of the court, and also, to a certain extent, as
counsel for the accused, when he has no other counsel.

Judge-Advocate General, in the United States, the title of
two officers, one attached to the War Department and
having the rank of brigadier general, the other attached
to the Navy Department and having the rank of colonel of
marines or captain in the navy. The first is chief of the
Bureau of Military Justice of the army, the other performs
a similar duty for the navy. In England, the designation
of a member of the ministry who is the legal adviser of
the secretary of state for war, and supreme judge of the
proceedings of courts-martial.

Syn: Judge, Umpire, Arbitrator, Referee.

Usage: A judge, in the legal sense, is a magistrate appointed
to determine questions of law. An umpire is a person
selected to decide between two or more who contend for
a prize. An arbitrator is one chosen to allot to two
contestants their portion of a claim, usually on
grounds of equity and common sense. A referee is one
to whom a case is referred for final adjustment.
Arbitrations and references are sometimes voluntary,
sometimes appointed by a court.


Judge, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Judged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Judging.] [OE. jugen, OF. jugier, F. juger, L. judicare,
fr. judex judge; jus law or right + dicare to proclaim,
pronounce, akin to dicere to say. See Just, a., and
Diction, and cf. Judicial.]
1. To hear and determine, as in causes on trial; to decide as
a judge; to give judgment; to pass sentence.

The Lord judge between thee and me. --Gen. xvi. 5.

Father, who art judge Of all things made, and
judgest only right! --Milton.

2. To assume the right to pass judgment on another; to sit in
judgment or commendation; to criticise or pass adverse
judgment upon others. See Judge, v. t., 3.

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. --Shak.

3. To compare facts or ideas, and perceive their relations
and attributes, and thus distinguish truth from falsehood;
to determine; to discern; to distinguish; to form an
opinion about.

Judge not according to the appearance. --John vii.
24.

She is wise if I can judge of her. --Shak.


Judge, v. t.
1. To hear and determine by authority, as a case before a
court, or a controversy between two parties. ``Chaos
[shall] judge the strife.'' --Milton.

2. To examine and pass sentence on; to try; to doom.

God shall judge the righteous and the wicked.
--Eccl. iii.
7.

To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness, And to
be judged by him. --Shak.

3. To arrogate judicial authority over; to sit in judgment
upon; to be censorious toward.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. --Matt. vii.
1.

4. To determine upon or deliberation; to esteem; to think; to
reckon.

If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord.
--Acts xvi.
15.

5. To exercise the functions of a magistrate over; to govern.
[Obs.]

Make us a king to judge us. --1 Sam. viii.
5.

Synonyms: adjudicate, approximate, evaluator, gauge, guess, jurist, justice, label, magistrate, pronounce, try

See Also: accept, acquit, adjudge, adjudge, adjudicate, adjudicator, anticipate, appraise, appraiser, approve, ascribe, assess, assign, assoil, attribute, authority, believe, calculate, chief justice, choose, cipher, clear, compute, conceive, consider, convict, count, count on, court-martial, critic, critique, cypher, Daniel, decide, decide, declare, declare, determine, disapprove, discharge, disqualify, doge, enquire, essay, estimate, evaluate, examine, exculpate, exonerate, expect, fail, figure, find, forecast, functionary, give, grade, guesstimate, hold, hold, impute, inquire, intonate, intone, justice of the peace, justiciar, justiciary, lowball, make, make up one's mind, measure, misgauge, nasalise, nasalize, official, order, ordinary, overestimate, overrate, pass, place, praetor, prejudge, pretor, prove, put, qualify, quantise, quantize, range, rank, rate, reappraise, reckon, recorder, referee, reject, repute, resolve, review, rule, Samson, set, settle, stand, stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate, test, think, tout, trial judge, trier, truncate, try, try out, umpire, underestimate, valuate, valuator, value, wonder, work out

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Famous Quotes Containing Judge:


I have been a judge for 15 years and I've made up my own mind during all that time.

-- Samuel Alito ( -)

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

-- Henry Ward Beecher (American Clergyman)

I think I have the skills. I'm a great judge of talent. I just know basketball.

-- Tim Hardaway (American Athlete)

It may not be impossible, but that our Faculties may be so construed, as always to deceive us in the things we judge most certain and assured.

-- Joseph Glanvill (English Writer)

Such a prostitution of judicial power can never occur again under the shadow of the British law, for no jury within the wide circle of the empire would submit to such an infraction of their privilege, even if a judge could be found daring enough to attempt it.

-- Joseph Howe (Canadian Politician)

Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

Scientific corporations might well become almost independent states and be enabled to undertake their largest experiments without consulting the outside world - a world which would be less and less able to judge what the experiments were about.

-- John Desmond Bernal (Irish Scientist)

I'm starting to judge success by the time I have for myself, the time I spend with family and friends. My priorities aren't amending; they're shifting.

-- Brendan Fraser (American Actor)

Don't judge me. I made a lot of money.

-- Samantha Bee (American Comedian)

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

-- Joseph Conrad (Polish Novelist)

No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded Cape Horn in a sailing vessel, until he has bumped into two or three icebergs, until he has been lost in the sands of the desert, until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead.

-- Van Wyck Brooks (American Critic)

No matter what name we give it or how we judge it, a candidate's character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen's decision in voting.

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

I don't know why men are so fascinated with television and I think it has something to do with - if I may judge from my own father, who used to sit and stare at the TV while my mother was speaking to him - I think that's a man's way of tuning out.

-- Garry Shandling (American Comedian)

I'll be the judge of my own manliness.

-- Dennis Rodman (American Athlete)

Romanticism has never been properly judged. Who was there to judge it? The critics!

-- Arthur Rimbaud (French Poet)

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal.

-- Jack Kevorkian (American Activist)

For people who are really talented, what you don't say becomes extremely important. You have to judge what to say and what to leave alone so you can let the talent develop.

-- Itzhak Perlman (Israeli Musician)

I think we need to start with Philadelphia and make sure that we actually get some election reform in Philadelphia. Actually, a recent election was thrown out by a federal judge because of corruption with the voting process in Philadelphia.

-- Patrick McHenry (American Politician)

Each of us seems to have a main focus, a particular idea of practicality - a concept of 'what we want out of life' against which we judge our experiences.

-- Jane Roberts (American Author)

One of my good friends is Christian, goes to church every Sunday, very religious. I'm fine with that and I will never judge her.

-- Amber Tamblyn (American Actress)

A church of dialogue in the contemporary world... a church, taking on the mission of Jesus, which is in the world not to judge humanity, but to love it and to save it.

-- Claudio Hummes ( -)

All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession.

-- William Hogarth (British Artist)

Violence is not to be undertaken by private persons. If a state or administration acts without due and visible attention to agreed international process, it acts in a way analogous to a private person. It purports to be judge of its own interest.

-- Rowan Williams (English Theologian)

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.

-- Gustave Flaubert (French Novelist)

We cannot go up on a wire. We cannot do a search without a judge on the FISA Court approving it and determining that we have met the standard that has been set forth by Congress in order to utilize these techniques.

-- Robert Mueller (American Public Servant)

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.

-- Saint Augustine ( Saint)

But he said Blanket Hill should be a national monument. And so we came out of his chambers feeling, though while we had lost to the powers of darkness, we had at least shown one Federal Judge what the right path would have been.

-- William Kunstler (American Activist)

I figure no matter how old you are, it's always going to be your first marriage and no life experience is going to make you a better judge of who you should marry.

-- Utada Hikaru (Japanese Musician)

We must continue to judge of slavery by what it is, and not by what you tell us it will, or may be.

-- Gerrit Smith (American Politician)

She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that.

-- Jack Kevorkian (American Activist)

A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation - is to the rule of law.

-- Samuel Alito ( -)

To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

-- Georg C. Lichtenberg ( Physicist)

It's much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you're withdrawing - you tear the ceiling off - that's much easier than it is to come in and say, 'Hello.' Or, 'I love you'. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn't as difficult.

-- James Stewart (American Actor)

I don't judge other people's work and I don't see enough of it either.

-- Nigel Kneale (English Writer)

Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.

-- Honore de Balzac (French Novelist)


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