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:


Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench, underscoring the importance of appointing judges who have a proper understanding of their constitutional role.

-- Paul Weyrich (American Critic)

The truth of the matter was that I made myself disappear. I never liked being a Judge, so I just decided to start over. Sorry to inconvenience anyone.

-- Joseph Force Crater (American Judge)

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)

A bumper of good liquor will end a contest quicker than justice, judge, or vicar.

-- Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Irish Playwright)

The records of adopted children are sealed in California. That seal is considered inviolable... The judge ruled that, because I was famous, he didn't have the same rights as other kids.

-- Danielle Steel (American Novelist)

I have, I think, afforded every opportunity that could be reasonably expected, to judge of my credibility.

-- Maria Monk (Canadian Celebrity)

You can have many different selection systems, but the bottom line has to be a system that, once the judge takes office that judge will feel that he or she is to decide the case without reference to the popular thing or the popular will of the moment.

-- Stephen Breyer (American Judge)

Historically, terrorism falls in a category different from crimes that concern a criminal court judge.

-- Jurgen Habermas (German Philosopher)

The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution.

-- Byron White (American Judge)

You have to find the peace and patience within yourself to be a model and an example to others and not judge.

-- Judith Light (American Actress)

It's a complete lie, why do people buy these papers? It's not the truth I'm here to say. You know, don't judge a person, do not pass judgement, unless you have talked to them one on one. I don't care what the story is, do not judge them because it is a lie.

-- Michael Jackson (American Musician)

I ain't got no right to judge someone.

-- Frank Bruno (British Athlete)

The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.

-- William Hazlitt (English Critic)

Do you spell it with a "V" or a "W"?' inquired the judge. 'That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord'.

-- Charles Dickens (English Novelist)

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.

-- Lillian Hellman (American Dramatist)

I take judge-made law as one of the existing realities of life.

-- Benjamin Cardozo (American Judge)

I loved being a judge, and sometimes I miss the power of the gavel, but this is a lot more fun.

-- Catherine Crier (American Journalist)

The liberal groups spent months raising money so they could take down anyone President Bush nominated. But they have not been able to touch judge Roberts.

-- Michael Oxley (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Nigel Kneale (English Writer)

I do not judge, I only chronicle.

-- John Singer Sargent (American Artist)

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 elect to stay on the soil of which I was born and on the plot of ground which I have fairly bought and honestly paid for. Don't advise me to leave, and don't add insult to injury by telling me it's for my own good; of that I am to be the judge.

-- Robert Purvis (American Activist)

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)

The judge said I was a menace to society because I had put crime on a scientific basis.

-- Gregory Corso (American Poet)

Al Gonzales is a dedicated public servant and exceptionally qualified to be our nation's next Attorney General. I know that a lot has been said about Judge Gonzales' life story. It is a story of the fulfillment of the American Dream.

-- Mel Martinez (American Politician)

I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.

-- Wilson Mizner (American Dramatist)

It's up to history to judge.

-- Pol Pot ( Criminal)

What is truth? Truth doesn't really exist. Who is going to judge whether my experience of an incident is more valid than yours? No one can be trusted to be the judge of that.

-- Tracey Emin (English Artist)

It would bother me if a judge told me how I had to believe.

-- Roy Moore (American Judge)

I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve.

-- George W. Bush (American President)

They might object to some of my opinions, but they don't object to my behavior as a judge.

-- Roy Moore (American Judge)

The judge turned his back towards me, sitting back on his judge's chair, while I was in the witness stand being questioned. The whole courtroom was full of these anarchists, leftists, communists and Jewish lobbyists.

-- Ernst Zundel (German 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 ( -)

Just as we descend into our consciences to judge of actions which our minds can not weigh, can we not also search in ourselves for the feeling which gives birth to forms of thought, always vague and cloudy?

-- Alfred de Vigny (French Poet)


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